CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 32-year-old Evansville man has been accused of whipping three children with a vacuum cord.

Jorge Serafin has pleaded not guilty to three counts of child abuse in Natrona County District Court.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to court documents, officers responded to a Casper elementary school in May after school officials observed bruises to the children's arms and backs.

One of the children told authorities his mom's boyfriend whipped him and his brothers with the vacuum cleaner cord because they were taking inappropriate photos on their mom's tablet. He said Serafin had also whipped them with a belt.

Serafin is being held in the Natrona County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.