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WAYNESVILLE, OH (FOX19) -
A landlord who is accused of spanking his tenant over late rent was in court on Thursday.
Ron Kronenberger, of Waynesville, tried to plead guilty on Thursday, but the judge did not accept the guilty plea and instead sent him to a diversion program.
Kronenberger will be back in court in August, and if he has completed the diversion program, the charges will be dismissed. If he does not complete the diversion program, he will be sentenced immediately.
Kronenberger and his attorney refused to speak to reporters afterwards.
The Waynesville police report states the victim was $2,800
overdue on his rent payment. According to the report, the 29-year-old
tenant went to visit Kronenberger at his grocery store when Kronenberger
shut and locked his office door and told the man's wife to wait
outside. The tenant says they discussed rent payment and a job search
before Kronenberger left his office and returned with a belt.
The tenant says his landlord stated ,"If you're going to act like a
child, I'm going to treat you like one" and told the man to bend over
and place his hands on a chair. The report states the tenant complied
and alleges Kronenberger then spanked him four times on the butt.