(CNN)The gentleman accused of slapping a news reporter on the bottom although she was reporting live in Savannah, Ga, very last week has been arrested and charged with sexual battery, according to her employer, CNN affiliate WSAV.
Thomas Callaway turned himself in at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and was introduced on a $1,300 bond, according to a report by WSAV.
Callaway is accused of hitting Savannah reporter Alex Bozarjian on her backside as she was reporting at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Operate and he was jogging in the event. The incident was caught on digital camera, and Bozarjian’s reporting was momentarily interrupted by her stunned response.
Bozarjian filed a sexual battery complaint with the Savannah Law enforcement Office. The report claims she “explained the smack as a ‘smack and seize,’ advising that he also grabbed her buttocks in the exact same motion. She mentioned she felt a sharp sting right after the smack and recommended that it brought on her to pause through the broadcast.”
Bozarjian’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, offered a transient statement to WSAV Friday stating, “Alex is wanting forward to justice in this situation.”
“To the guy who smacked my butt on are living Tv this early morning: You violated, objectified, and humiliated me,” Bozarjian explained on Twitter. “No girl should Ever have to set up with this at work or any place!! Do much better.”
CNN has reached out to the County Sheriff’s Department and attorneys for Bozarjian and Callaway for comment on the rates.
All through an interview with WSAV on Tuesday, Callaway apologized to Bozarjian expressing, “Alex, I am sorry. I did not indicate to do this. I think you might be a terrific, wonderful asset to this community and to the neighborhood media and to the national media. You happen to be extremely proficient. You might be an wonderful girl from what I have collected, and I apologize.”
Callaway has been banned from registering for all Savannah Athletics Council owned races, in accordance to council director Rob Wells.
The station reported in a statement that it is supporting Bozarjian and prioritizes the basic safety of its personnel.