Report: Man Who Sexually Assaulted Reporter During Race Is A Youth Minister
A Georgia reporter was visibly shocked when a runner in the 10K race she was covering smacked her on the behind as he ran past during live coverage of the event.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, that man turned out to be a 43-year-old married father of two, youth pastor and Boy Scout leader.
Tommy Callaway said he had gotten “caught up in the moment” when he slapped WSAV-TV anchor Alex Bozarjian on Saturday in Savannah, Georgia.
Bozarjian tweeted about the incident afterwards, writing that Callaway “violated, objectified, and embarrassed” on live television.
Alex Bozarjian on Twitter
“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. https://t.co/PRLXkBY5hn”
The New York Post reported that Bozarjian filed a police report after the incident, and Callaway was banned by the Savannah Sports Council from running in future races after he was identified in the video.
“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. I touched her back; I did not know exactly where I touched her,” the youth pastor explained to Inside Edition.
The Sentinel reported that Bozarjian is “a multimedia journalist for Savannah’s WSAV” who “graduated cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a double major in broadcast journalism and Latin American studies.”