State suspends Champlin's license to serve liquor

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Robert Champlin was arraigned in Penn Yan Village Court Dec. 28

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has suspended the license of Robert W Champlin, doing business as “Lloyds Limited Pub,” at 3 Main St. in Penn Yan. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley on Dec. 29. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises.

Champlin, who was arraigned in Penn Yan Village Court on multiple sex offenses on Dec. 28 and sent to Yates County Jail, has been released on bond. 

Champlin was 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)

The SLA has charged Lloyds Limited Pub with four violations of the ABC Law, including sale to minor, improper conduct, disorderly premises, and for failure to exercise adequate supervision.

Based on information received from the Penn Yan Police Department, on Dec. 25 Champlin, is alleged to have sexually assaulted two women inside his bar. The second victim, who was under the age of 21, videotaped the initial assault of the first victim and posted it to various social media accounts prior to her own assault. The video was sent to the Authority and police as part of a complaint against Champlin. The second assault was later uncovered by police when viewing the licensed premises’ security footage. According to police accounts, both victims were unconscious and incapacitated at the time of their individual assaults; and both victims were observed consuming multiple alcoholic beverages throughout the night on the premises security video.

“One of the Authority’s primary responsibilities is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people within our licensed establishments. This licensee used his privilege of holding a liquor license and operating a bar to commit unspeakable acts against a patron and an employee,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “I want to thank the Penn Yan Police Department for their cooperation as we continue our investigation into these incidents.”

The State Administrative Procedure Act authorizes a State agency to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action. When the SLA summarily suspends a license, it also serves a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations. In invoking a summary suspension, the SLA has deemed the violation to be sufficiently serious upon initial review to warrant an immediate suspension. The SLA’s decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination on the merits of the case. The licensee is entitled to an expedited administrative law hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the SLA or a reviewing Court.