A runner who smacked a reporter’s backside on air now faces charges

Thomas Callaway of Statesboro was charged in connection with the incident that occurred while WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was broadcasting live

US man videotaped slapping reporter's rear on live TV charged

Recently, a reporter named Alex Bozarjian was smacked on her butt by a man now identified as Thomas Callaway, who was participating in the 2019 Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run.

She told police that he slapped and grabbed her buttocks in one motion as he ran past on the Talmadge Bridge, according to the complaint.

Callaway admitted this week to being the jogger who slapped her, telling Inside Edition: "I got caught up in the moment".

The station has condemned the conduct as "reprehensible and completely unacceptable" and that "No one should ever be disrespected in this manner".

The station said in a statement that it is supporting Bozarjian and prioritizes the safety of its employees.

"To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me", Bozarjian said in a December 7 tweet that included footage of the on-air assault.

The charge comes days after Bozarjian filed a sexual battery report with the Savannah Police Department, saying that she wanted them to pursue charges against the man who groped and slapped her. 'No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere! He said he was raising his arm trying to pat her on the back or the shoulder and didn't realize until seeing the video that he had touched her buttocks.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Robert Wells, director of the Savannah Sports Council, said in a statement to The Washington Post that Callaway had been banned from registering in any other races organised by his group.

"You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me", she wrote.

Callaway has told WSAV that he is sorry. The two most important words were her last two words, "Do better", and that's my intention, ' he said. Now, Callaway has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. State law defines the crime as making "physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person".

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