Police say a landlord in the southwest Ohio village of Waynesville has admitted to spanking a male tenant several times on his bare butt with a belt.

53-year-old Ron Kronenberger had allegedly told the 29-year-old victim "if you're going to act like a child, I'm going to treat you like one," after the latter fell behind on his rent to the tune of $2,800.

Police say the assault, which took place on January 22nd in the back office of Kronenberger's Hometown Market store, left "little marks" on the unnamed tenant's behind.

The victim told Police Chief Gary Copeland "he was scared and just wanted to get it over with," so agreed to Kronenberger's request to bend over and hold on to a chair.

Kronenberger was charged with misdemeanor assault, and was due in court today.

A former president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Kronenberger was named Waynesville's Citizen of the Year in 2006, according to the Dayton Daily News.

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