Oh, The Irony: Citizen Of The Year Charged With Assault After Whopping Tenant On The Bare Butt For Overdue Rent

February 22, 2013  |  

I wonder if creep was ever one of the words that came to the minds of Waynesville residents when they thought of their 2006 elected Citizen of the Year, Ron Kronenberger. According to the Dayton Daily News, Kronenberger, 53 has been charged with assault after allegedly spanking one of his tenants on the bare buttocks with a belt for falling behind in his rent.

Police reports reveal that on January 22nd,  Kronenberger allegedly struck the 29-year-old victim four times on his bare behind following a dispute centered around the victim owing him over $2000 in rent.

“If you’re going to act like a child, I’m going to treat you like one,” Kronenberger told the alleged victim just before the assault, which police reports reveal left “little marks” on the tenant.

The victim told Police Chief Gary Copeland that “he was scared and just wanted to get it over with.”

“At this point, Chief left to attempt to make contact with Ron Kronenberger about the incident, in which Ron admits whipping (the victim) due to late rent payment in the amount of $2,800,” Officer Daniel Bledsoe documented in the police report.


So far, representation for Kronenberger couldn’t be reached for comments on the case. Kronenberger is the former president of the Waynesville Chamber of Commerce and owner of Hometown Marketplace, the supermarket where the alleged assault occurred.

Kronenberger is charged with with one count of assault and remains free, despite missing his initial arraignment. Why does something tell me that this guy is going to get a simple slap on the wrist before he’s sent on his way?

What are your thoughts on this bizarre occurrence?

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