Youth Leader Charged With Sexual Battery After Hitting Female Reporter During Race

Tommy Callaway has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. Callaway was recently running a race in Savannah, Georgia, when he smacked a reporter named Alex Bozarjian on the backside while she was broadcasting.

A video of the incident went viral, and Twitter users were able to identify him.

WSAV-TV is reporting that Callaway turned himself in to authorities on Friday, but was released on a $1,300 bond. He could face up to a year in jail.

Along with working in sales at a tobacco company, Callaway is a youth group leader at his church and also served as a Boy Scout leader. 

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Last week, he did an interview at WSAV, where Bozarjian works, and apologized, saying, “Alex, I am sorry. I did not mean to do this. I think you’re a great, great asset to this community and to the local media and to the national media. You’re very talented. You’re an amazing woman from what I’ve gathered, and I apologize.”

In a statement to CBS News, Bozarjian discussed pursuing criminal charges, saying, ”I want to make it clear that this doesn’t mean I can’t/won’t forgive him. I hope to get to that point eventually, but as in any sexual assault case, it has to be on my terms when I’m ready.”

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