Pastor Arrested After Groping Reporter During Televised Georgia Race
Thomas Callaway, a youth minister and Boy Scout leader, was arrested for sexual battery after a video captured him hitting the backside of a female reporter while on live TV, according to The Washington Post.
Alex Bozarjian, a reporter for NBC affiliate WSAV-TV, was reporting on the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run when Callaway, 43, smacked her behind as he ran by. The video shows Bozarjian visibly shaken.
“You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” she wrote on Twitter hours later. “No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better.”
Callaway offered an on-camera apology that aired Tuesday, directly addressing Bozarjian and the incident, and said, “It was an awful act and an awful mistake,” claiming that he did not realize he had violated her in a sexual way until he saw the video.
Bozarjian filed a report with the Savannah Police Department. Authorities arrested Callaway on Friday afternoon, according to jail records.
“It’s not okay to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it,” Bozarjian said in an interview with CBS This Morning. “It’s not playful...I think in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic. You have to, kind of, chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society.”
Joseph Turner, Callaway’s lawyer, told CBS that his client is a “loving husband and father” who “did not act with any criminal intentions.”
Bozarjian’s TV station said in a statement that Callaway’s conduct was “reprehensible and completely unacceptable.”
“No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority,” the statement said.