CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) - A Centerville man has been indicted on eight felony counts after investigators said he kidnapped and beat a former business partner.
Bryon Mansley II, 28, was arrested last month after the victim, also a 28-year-old man, alleged Mansley has been beating and forcing him to do chores and other things, including commit crimes, throughout the past couple of years.
Mansley and the victim allegedly went into business together two years ago. Investigators said throughout the partnership Mansley coerced the victim into thinking he was indebted to him.
"For lack of a better term a contract was made to pay off this perceived debt," said Officer John Davis, with Centerville police. "Apparently the victim did not hold up his end of the bargain. The contract spelled out what the expectations were, as well as the punishments for not meeting those expectations."
Investigators said the punishments included beatings with a metal pipe and even one instance where the victim was forced to expose himself near a Kettering apartment. The victim was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.
The victim decided to come forward for fear his next punishment would cost him his life, said investigators.
"He told us he was going to have to swim across the Great Miami River," said Officer Davis.
The Montgomery County Prosecutor formally indicted Mansley Monday afternoon. He is facing two counts of felony kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of felonious assault resulting in serious harm, extortion and complicity to commit extortion.
Mansley remains in the Montgomery County Jail.
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