A Casper man has been sentenced for child abuse.

Christopher Melofsky was given a 3-5 year suspended prison sentence with 3 years of supervised probation. after prosecutors say he beat his girlfriend's eldest child with a belt.

Back in early May, the child's grandfather noticed some bruising on the child's back-side, and later found out that she had been hit by a belt.

In an interview with police, the children's mother admitted that Melofsky had been living with her and the children for a month, and that Melofsky hit the eldest with a belt because she was not listening, while he was helping her with her homework.

Melofsky later admitted to police to spanking the child 9 times and then 9 other times with a belt.

He has also been ordered to attend anger management counseling.