Ohio landlord accused of whipping adult tenant, mentally disabled man with belt, paddle

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio - An Ohio landlord has been accused of whipping a mentally disabled man three times at a supermarket and one other location with a belt and paddle -- and this isn’t the first time he has been accused of whipping someone.

Ronald Kronenberger, 53, was also accused of whipping one of his tenants with a belt on his bare buttocks after the tenant fell behind on his rent.

This time, according to The Dayton Daily News, the accusations came in a lawsuit filed this week in Warren County.

The lawsuit accuses 53-year-old Ronald Kronenberger of spanking a "mentally disabled" man three times at the Hometown Marketplace store in Waynesville and once at his office, the newspaper reports.

Kronenberger was accused of whipping the first man Jan. 22 in his office. A magistrate said he would dismiss the assault charge in six months if Kronenberger had no contact with the tenant and stayed out of trouble.

Police say they have no record of the second incident. Kronenberger and his lawyer declined to comment.