Supermarket Owner Accused Of Spanking Mentally Disabled Worker

A mentally disabled worker says he was spanked.As the owner of a supermarket in Waynesville, Ohio, Ron Kronenberger (pictured right) seems to have known he was taking advantage of a mentally disabled worker. After all, Kronenberger allegedly instructed Mark Neace, who volunteered stocking shelves at his market, not to tell anyone about some workplace conditions, which, according to Neace, featured the boss regularly spanking him, according to CBS News.

Kronenberger would "find any little thing wrong with what [Neace] had done and would take him into the office," according to Eric Deters, an attorney representing Neace in a lawsuit against Kronenberger. Then Kronenberg would tell Neace to pull down his pants and he'd beat Neace with a belt and a paddle. Neace, 57, volunteered at the market; but after four such beatings, he allegedly told his sister, Michele Dakin, he didn't want to work at the market and revealed why. "This was someone we trusted . He did this behind our backs,knowing that my brother has problems," Daking told local television outlet, Fox-45. "I'm just really saddened by the whole thing. I really am."

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The nature of Neace's disability has not been described in reports or court documents, but the complaint did identify Neace as being "known around the Waynesville area." In his suit, Neace is seeking a jury trial, claiming assault and battery, in addition to both compensatory and punitive damages.

This is not the first time Kronenberger was accused of spanking a man. As was reported by AOL Real Estate, Kronenberger earlier this year was accused of spanking a tenant for being late with the rent. The tenant, later identified by Reuters as Jimmy Marshall, allegedly met with Kronenberger in a back room at his market to discuss his inability to pay the rent. Kronenberger responded by telling him, "If you're going to act like a child, I'm going to treat you like one." And he then spanked him.

Kronenberger was placed into a diversion program for striking Marshall, according to Reuters. Spankings or not, the job market for mentally disabled Americans is particularly brutal. For instance, one in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, according to a study published last May by Pediatrics.

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Edwin Moore

Lower his taxes. He's a republican job creator.

April 03 2013 at 11:33 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
vetreserve

Waynesville, Spank City, only masochists need apply at the grocer's market.

April 03 2013 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vtmann

I hope they let the other inmates spank this guy!

April 03 2013 at 10:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ron

Freakin' Perv. Any person the takes advantage of a disabled person should be Publicly Flogged.

April 03 2013 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rozie874

Unbelievable, something is wrong with any man that would request another to pull down his pants, so that I can spank you. Something is wrong with the man. He needs to go straight to jail. Did the renter have any disabilities.

April 03 2013 at 2:20 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
jejozi

Sex crime.

April 03 2013 at 2:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rothhammer1

What's up with, "...volunteered stocking shelves at his market"? To have volunteers at a library or non- profit is one thing, but at a supermarket? Is slavery legal in Ohio now, or were the spankings to be considered as 'payment'?
WTF all around!

April 02 2013 at 10:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
mrshowell2001

I bet checking into his background will reveal a lot more abuse against anyone disabled or weaker than he is. Sick bugger.

April 02 2013 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

Any boss wants to spank me will eat a knuckle sandwich for free.....on me !...enjoy !

April 02 2013 at 7:14 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
lisalevis2003

to seabasskj - you are just as sick as the store owner. hope you both rot in hell

April 02 2013 at 7:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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