Christmas Eve incident at Lloyd’s Limited results in violent felony charges

A Yates County grand jury has handed down an 11-count indictment against Robert Champlin, the former owner of Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan, who was charged with multiple felony sex offenses last December. 

The June 7 indictment charges Champlin 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)

• Four counts of 1st degree sexual abuse (class D felony)

• Four counts of forcible touching (class A misdemeanor)

• One count of unlawfully dealing with a child (class A misdemeanor).

Champlin, the owner of the pub where a video was taken of an unconscious 23-year-old female  being sexually assaulted on the bar, turned himself in at the Penn Yan Village Police Department at 1:15 Thursday, Dec. 28. 

The video was recorded on Christmas Eve after 8 p.m. when the bar closed, and the victim was later revealed to be a cousin to Champlin. It was taken by another woman who later posted it on social media, and who has since been named as a second victim. According to Penn Yan Police, that video, along with security footage from the bar obtained by warrant, formed the basis for Champlin’s arrest.

The case is being heard in Yates County Criminal Court by Judge Jason Cook, and prosecuted by District Attorney Todd Casella. Champlin is represented by attorney James Nobles of Rochester, the noted criminal defense lawyer who represented Charlie Tan in his trial for killing his father in 2015 at their home in Pittsford.

In his last court appearance May 22, Champlin rejected an offer to plead guilty to two felony counts of first degree sex abuse with a promised sentence of 3 years in prison. Now Champlin faces more than 25 years in prison if he is found guilty at trial. 

Should Champlin be found guilty of the top count, 1st degree criminal sexual act, he faces a mandatory determinate sentence of between 5 and 25 years in prison, and between 5 and 20 years of parole supervision. If he is found guilty of the 1st degree attempted rape, he faces a mandatory sentence between 3 1/2 and 15 years in prison followed by between 5 and 15 years on parole. If Champlin is convicted of both charges, he faces possibile consecutive sentencing up to 40 years in prison and 35 years on parole. Any conviction on these charges will require lifetime registration as a sex offender. Casella says that because the possible sentences depend on what Champlin may be convicted of regarding each victim, they are complex and could vary widely.

Champlin’s release on $50,000 bail continues.