A man who may be in the country illegally, has admitted that he whipped three children.

Jorge Serafin has pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.

Investigators with the Evansville Police Department say in May 2015, they were advised by the Department of Family Services that three children had been whipped with a cord to a vacuum cleaner, resulting in several bruises on the children.

The children said Serafin did it for disciplinary reasons.

Serafin is their mother's boyfriend and not their father.

When interviewed, the mother said she knew what was going on, and Serafin did not deny what he did, because according to both, it is acceptable where they come from.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek a suspended prison sentence for Serafin, along with a term of probation to be determined by the court.

He also faces the possibility of being deported, because he is not a U.S. citizen.

Serafin is free on $10,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.