SAVANNAH, GA. —
A Georgia man who was videotaped slapping a feminine reporter’s rear on live TV was arrested Friday on a misdemeanour cost of sexual battery.
Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson in Savannah confirmed that Thomas Callaway, 43, of Statesboro was charged in reference to the incident that occurred whereas WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was broadcasting live as runners streamed previous her on a outstanding bridge within the coastal metropolis.
“The conduct displayed toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable,” the Savannah tv station stated in a press release Friday night. “No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority.”
Jail data confirmed Callaway was booked Friday afternoon. His legal professional, Joseph Turner, declined to remark in an e-mail late Friday to The Associated Press.
Video from Bozarjian’s live broadcast Saturday posted on-line confirmed one of many passing runners showing to swat her from behind. The video exhibits the shocked girl cease speaking for a second and stare as if shocked. The video clip had been seen greater than 11 million instances on Twitter as of Friday.
“You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” Bozarjian wrote not too long ago on Twitter. “No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better.”
She advised police the person had slapped after which grabbed her buttocks.
Callaway stepped ahead earlier this week as the person who slapped Bozarjian. He went to the TV station to present an on-camera apology the station aired Tuesday night.
“It was an awful act and an awful mistake,” Callaway stated on the time.
Callaway stated he did not intend to slap the reporter on the rear. He stated he was elevating his arm making an attempt to pat her on the again or the shoulder and did not understand till seeing the video that he had touched her buttocks.
Sexual battery is a misdemeanour in Georgia, punishable by as much as a 12 months in jail. State legislation defines the crime as making “physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.”