November 26, 2014

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Landlord accused of whipping tenant for late rent payments

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — A southwest Ohio landlord is accused of whipping a male tenant with a belt on his bare buttocks for falling behind on his rent payments.

Police in the village of Waynesville say 53-year-old Ron Kronenberger was charged with assault for the Jan. 22 incident in his office. He was due in court Thursday in Warren County.

Police say Kronenberger told the 29-year-old tenant that if he was going to act like a child, he would treat him like one. He then allegedly hit him four times with a belt, leaving small marks.

Police say the tenant told them he was scared and just wanted to get it over with.

The Dayton Daily News reports Kronenberger is a former chamber of commerce president. His home phone wasn’t taking messages Thursday.