Lloyd's Ltd. owner Robert Champlin faces up to 25 years in prison
Robert Champlin, owner of the pub where a video was taken of an unconscious 23-year-old being sexually assaulted on the bar, turned himself in at the Penn Yan Village Police Department at 1:15 Thursday, Dec. 28. He was immediately processed and taken before Village Justice Matthew Conlon for arraignment.
The video was recorded on Christmas Eve after 8 p.m. when the bar closed. It was taken by a woman who later posted it on social media, and has since been named as a second victim. That video, along with security footage from the bar obtained by warrant, forms the basis for Champlin's arrest, say Penn Yan Police.
Champlin is charged with:
• One count of a 1st degree criminal sex act (class B violent felony)
• One count of 1st degree attempted rape (class C violent felony)
• Two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse (class D felony)
• Two counts of forcible touching (class A misdemeanor)
• One count of sexual misconduct (class A misdemeanor)
• One count of unlawfully dealing with a child (class A misdemeanor)
Defense attorney Neil Gunther, of the Law Office of Mark Foti in Rochester, waived a reading of the charges in court. Citing Champlin's willing surrender to police, business ownership, his family connections in the area, his clean criminal record, and his voluntary entry into alcohol abuse treatment, Gunther requested his client be released on his own recognizance pending trial.
Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner countered, asking the court to consider the nature of the crime, the potential sentence, Champlin's financial resources, and his family connections outside of New York State and in Cananda as all risks of fleeing. She requested he be remanded without bail. Gunther replied that since there is no class A misdemeanor charged, the court must set bail.
Judge Conlon set bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond, scheduled preliminary hearings for Jan. 2, and issued orders of protection for the victims and witnesses. Champlin was remanded to the Yates County Jail, pending payment of bail.
Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham clarified and corrected some statements made earlier regarding the timeline of events (see video) and says the investigation is ongoing.
DA Gardner says that for the top felony count, Champlin faces 5 to 25 years in prison, followed by 5 to 20 years of parole supervision, and classification as a registered sex offender.
Speaking after the arraignment, Gunther would not comment on the video or on Champlin's decision to enter alcohol abuse treatment, and that it was too early to speculate on requesting a change of venue in this high profile case of a widely-known owner of a popular establishment who has had previous disagreements with the Village of Penn Yan.
Ironically, it was 10 years to the night that Champlin had a run in with the PYPD for remaining open and providing alcohol after 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve 2007.