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.

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

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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.

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

The Dayton Daily News reported that Kronenberger is a former chamber of commerce president who was Waynesville’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2006. The AP says his home phone wasn’t accepting messages today.

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