TV Reporter Filing Criminal Charges Against Pastor Who Assaulted Her During Race

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Georgia TV reporter Alex Bozarjian is seeking criminal charges against the youth pastor who slapped her backside on live television during her coverage of the 10K in Savannah on Saturday, according to NBC News.

Bozarjian filed a sexual battery report with the Savannah Police Department yesterday, the news outlet reported, and said she wants the police to pursue charges against the man.

That man’s identity was discovered to be Thomas Callaway, a 42-year-old married father of two who is also a youth pastor involved with Boy Scouts.

Savannah police told NBC News that the matter is under investigation.

In video of the incident, Bozarjian is noticeably shocked when Callaway makes contact, which she said was not only violating but also painful: “He separates himself from the runners and he kind of winds up and, you know, he hit me hard. It was a heavy impact."

Callaway has publicly apologized for his actions, saying, “It was an awful act and an awful mistake.” But Bozarjian said she is unsure whether she is ready to accept his apology.

"I think what is most important here is that he took my power, and I’m trying to take that back. And whether I am open to it or not, I want to take my time with that," she said.

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Comments (34)
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ktkat1949
ktkat1949

Good for her. All women should do this. Maybe if these creeps had to pay for lawyers or have a nice stay in jail (where they will find out what it is like to be on the OTHER side of sexual assault) they would think twice before pulling these stunts.

Patriot1985
Patriot1985

Stop being such a drama queen. It's an insult to women that have actually be brutally assaulted and raped.

As a bartender I have had my ass slapped and I've been kissed without consent hundreds of times. I never filed a lawsuit.

PineisBarren
PineisBarren

If they start prosecuting people for unwanted contact with strangers, the private prison business will soar.

PatriotnotRethug
PatriotnotRethug

Never give your power away! It's this guys warped beliefs, instilled through generations of Neanderthals that make these type guys think this is just "playfulness" go put him in his place! Screw the naysayers! Your power, Your choice! No, This is not at the same level as rape, its the beginning level of abuse that left unchecked can escalate till they are smacked down and told no. Give him a big HELL NO. Shame him like he embarassed you. Make him justify to friends and family what he did. So of them have no shame but some do.

Dori9274
Dori9274

Sue that pig charading as a man of God. Maybe one of the oh so evangelical gun owners will handle him for you. Yea that sounds about right for conservatives.

LW55
LW55

So just because you choose to be objectified and treated like a tramp for a good tip, and you accept that, all women should? Have you ever heard of personal space? I was taught when I was a toddler to keep my hands to myself...

frogojt
frogojt

is the photo a picture of the reporter as she was being slapped on the ass by the minister running by?

Ketmitapril
Ketmitapril

If an impulsive snack on the ass “takes your power” your power is lame.

Toughen up and get a sense of humor honey.


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