Youth pastor who slapped reporter's butt on live TV arrested, charged with sexual battery

by Adam Ford · Dec 14th, 2019 12:44 pm

The youth pastor and Boy Scout leader who smacked a young reporter's backside on live TV has been arrested and charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor in Georgia punishable by up to a year in jail.

Reporter Alex Bozarijian was covering the Savannah Bridge Run when Tommy Callaway slapped her on the butt, shocking her and causing her to momentarily stop reporting.

Bozarijian reacted on Twitter, saying:

"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."

Callaway claims the slap was an accident:

"I was caught up in the moment. 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."

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

Georgia law defines sexual battery as making "physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person."


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