A participant in a Georgia 10Ok run who was caught slapping a feminine reporter’s behind whereas she was on air has been arrested.
Thomas Callaway, a 43-year-old youth minister from Statesboro, was charged Friday with sexual battery, a misdemeanor, in Chatham County, data present.
The video clip of Callaway smacking the rear of TV information reporter Alex Bozarjian as he was collaborating within the Dec. 7 Savannah Bridge Run 10Ok has been seen greater than 12 million occasions on Twitter as of Saturday morning.
“The conduct displayed toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable,” the Savannah tv station the employs Bozarjian stated after the arrest.
“No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority.”
Bozarjian informed police the person had slapped after which grabbed her buttocks, the Related Press reported.
She filed a grievance towards Callaway with the Savannah Police Division on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” Bozarjian stated in a Dec. 7 tweet that included footage of the on-air assault. “No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better.”
Callaway appeared on “Inside Edition” and stated he “got caught up in the moment.”
“I was getting ready to bring my hands up and wave to the camera to the audience; there was a misjudge in character and decision-making,” he added.
His lawyer, Joseph Turner, declined to touch upon the arrest to AP.
The misdemeanor cost is punishable by as much as one yr in jail.