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Friday, March 29 2013, 07:10 PM EDT
Businessman Facing Lawsuit for Another Spanking Incident
UPDATE: WAYNESVILLE--For the second time, a Waynesville supermarket owner has been accused of  spanking grown men.    
 
The civil lawsuit filed  this week,  states a 57-year old  mentally disabled  man  is seeking damages  from  Ron Kronenberger, for severe emotional distress.
 
Michele Dakin said her brother, Mark Neace  was a volunteer  at  Hometown Marketplace in Waynesville.
 
Dakin said he stocked shelves  for  the grocery  store's  owner, Ron  Kronenberger, who was a good family friend.     
 
Dakin  said at least three times, Kronenberger  brought her mentally challenged  brother in the back office and  beat him on the bottom  with a paddle.  
 
Her brother said he was paddled   for   " being bad"  and  talking to customers.
  
Dakin says Kronenberger told her brother not to tell anyone what had happened.
 
She said  her brother  finally confessed when he told his family he didn't want to volunteer   anymore.
    
"I was just outraged."  Dakin said. " I was shocked.  This was someone we trusted .  He did this  behind our backs,  knowing that my brother has problems.
I'm just really saddened by the whole thing.  I really am." 

This is the second time Kronenberger  has been accused of spanking.  Last month he was in  a Lebanon courtroom,  accused of spanking  his tenant for  not paying rent.
 
Waynesville residents find it hard to  believe  this  business  owner  could be capable of such allegations.
 
 "I think it's terrible." Maureen Herman said.   You just don't do things like that."
 
ABC 22/FOX 45 NEWS  tried to contact  Kronenberger, and his attorney but couldn't reach either for comment. 
                       
Earlier Coverage:

 WAYNESVILLE -- For the second time, a Waynesville businessman has been accused of spanking a grown man. A civil lawsuit has been filed against Ron Kronenberger, the owner of Hometown Market.

The man who filed the lawsuit alleges Kronenberger spanked him four times with a belt and a paddle, three times at the supermarket and once at another location. The victim claims it happened while he was volunteering at the supermarket between November and December 2012.  

According to the court filing, the victim is a “mentally disabled man who is known around the Waynesville area.”


Earlier this month, Kronenberger was sentenced to diversion in another spanking case. In that case, he was accused of spanking a tenant who owed him back rent. The judge said if Kronenberger stayed out of trouble for six months, the assault charge would be dropped.

Kronenberger was once the president of the Waynesville area Chamber of Commerce.Businessman Facing Lawsuit for Another Spanking Incident

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