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By Liza Danver, WKEF

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — A landlord in Ohio is facing charges for allegedly spanking a tenant over unpaid rent.

Ron Kronenberger is pretty well-known in the small town of Waynesville.

He’s the “go-to” guy if you want to fill your fridge.

He owns Hometown Market, right in the heart of downtown Waynesville.

A friend, who didn’t want to be identified, says he never dreamed that Kronenberger would be facing an assault charge.

“I’ve known him for close to 30 years, and it’s very out of character for him. He’s a fine man.”

WKEF asked to speak to Kronenberger at the grocery store but was told he wasn’t there.

His attorney didn’t return calls.

According to the police report, the tenant owed Kronenberger $2,800 in unpaid rent, so Kornenberger told the 29-year-old man, “If you’re going to act like a child, I’m going to treat you like one.”

The report goes on to say Kronenberger spanked the tenant four times on the rear with his belt.  the tenant stated he was scared and just wanted to get it over with and complied, bending over and placing his hands on a chair.

WKEF also went to Kronenberger’s home, the garage door was open and a car was in the driveway but no one came to the door.

The victim also declined an interview request.

The landlord is expected to appear in court this week.