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Ohio man accused of whipping mentally disabled man

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio landlord charged with whipping an adult tenant with a belt on his buttocks for falling behind on his rent has been accused of whipping another man with a belt and a paddle, according to court records obtained Friday.

In a lawsuit filed in southwestern Ohio’s Warren County on Tuesday, Mark Neace accuses Ronald Kronenberger of spanking him on four separate occasions while Neace worked as a volunteer in Kronenberger’s grocery store in Waynesville.

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The lawsuit, which describes Neace as mentally disabled, says the whippings caused him ‘‘severe emotional distress.’’

Kronenberger’s home phone number does not accept messages, and the number at his grocery store in Waynesville rang busy Friday.

His Dayton attorney, Lawrence Greger, declined to comment.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but Neace’s attorney said he thinks it’s worth up to $100,000.

‘‘This guy cried in my office,’’ attorney Eric Deters said.

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