Tenant Whipped For Late Rent – A landlord is accused of whipping his tenant by using a belt on his bare buttocks for being late with his rent in Warren County. Ron Kronenberger, 53, was charged with assault for last month’s incident.
He was due in court today in Ohio.
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.
Kronenberger is a former chamber of commerce president who was Waynesville’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2006.