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.READ MORE: No One Injured In Partial Building Collapse In Arnold
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.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Firefighter Lee Weber Drowns While On Family Vacation In Ohio
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.MORE NEWS: Closed To Cars, Open To People: BikePGH Hosts 5th OpenStreetsPGH In Hazelwood