Runner who slapped reporter's butt on live TV is a youth pastor, Boy Scout leader

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 11th, 2019 1:35 pm
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Last Updated Dec 11th, 2019 at 1:58 pm

The runner who slapped a reporter's behind on live TV has been identified as Tommy Callaway, a local youth pastor and Boy Scout leader.

Callaway inappropriately touched WSAV-TV anchor Alex Bozarjian at a 10K race in Savannah, Georgia, earlier this week. He was identified after people online matched his race number to other photos.

Callaway is a youth group leader for his church, Pittman Park UMC. He is also a leader for the Boy Scout, according to Heavy and since-deleted social media.

"While we regret the situation, Mr. Callaway did not act with any criminal intentions," said Callaway's lawyer in a statement, saying that the runner is a "loving husband and father who is very active in his community" and "working with those involved to correct the situation."

The Savannah Sports Council said that Callaway has been banned from future races.

The reporter said that she has filed a police report and that Callaway's slap had a "heavy impact."

"It's not okay to help yourself to a woman's body just because you feel like it. It's not playful. He hurt me, both physically and emotionally," Bozarjian said. "I think what is most important here is he took my power, and I'm trying to take that back. I want to take my time with that."