WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio landlord is accused of whipping a tenant with a belt on his bare buttocks for falling behind on his rent.
Ron Kronenberger, 53, was charged with assault for the Jan. 22 encounter in his office, police in the village of Waynesville said. He was due in court Thursday in Warren County.
Police said the tenant, 29, was late with a $2,800 rent payment.
"If you're going to act like a child, I'm going to treat you like one," Kronenberger was quoted in the police report as telling the tenant before striking him four times with a belt. The report said the belt left "little marks."
Waynesville Police Chief Gary Copeland talked to the accuser, who reportedly told him he submitted to the whipping because "he was scared and just wanted to get it over with," according to the police report.
The Dayton Daily News reported that Kronenberger is a former chamber of commerce president who was Waynesville's "Citizen of the Year" for 2006. His home phone wasn't accepting messages Thursday.
Other articles are saying the amount is for "back rent." I'm guessing that the tenant was behind more than a month.
Does he still have to pay the rent?
"Back rent" yeah, we've heard that one before.
That's mild, try renting in Manhattan.
What the hell? Something is very odd about this story. Why would a 29 year old man consent to be whipped on his ass? How would the older man get anywhere near him with a belt, let alone whack his ass? The 29 yr old either has to be special needs or gay. Definitely something more to the story though.
[bold] Ron Kronenberger Update: Ohio landlord accused of another whipping [/bold]
(CBS/AP) WAYNESVILLE, Ohio - Ronald Kronenberger, an Ohio landlord accused of whipping an adult tenant with a belt on his bare buttocks for falling behind on his rent, has been accused of whipping another man with a belt and a paddle.
In a lawsuit filed in southwest Ohio's Warren County on Tuesday, Mark Neace accuses Kronenberger of spanking him on four occasions while Neace worked as a volunteer in Kronenberger's grocery store in Waynesville.
The lawsuit, which describes Neace as mentally disabled, says the whippings caused him "severe emotional distress."
Kronenberger's attorney, Lawrence Greger, declined to comment.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
In January, the 53-year-old Kronenberger was charged with hitting a former tenant on the buttocks with a belt in a dispute over more than $2,000 in overdue rent.