The former owner of Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan has pleaded not guilty after arraignment on Tuesday.
Robert Champlin faces multiple charges – including felony criminal sex act, attempted rape, and four counts of felony sex abuse. He also faces four counts of forcible touching and one count of unlawfully dealing with a child.
Champlin had previously rejected a plea deal to accept two felony counts of sex abuse with a guaranteed three year prison sentence. If he’s found guilty of the charges he has been indicted on – the former bar owner could face up to 25 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Read more about the incident and charges below.
CHARGED: Former PY bar owner faces felony charges after Christmas Eve incident
A grand jury in Yates County has indicted the former owner of Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan on multiple violent, felony sex offenses.
Robert Champlin was arrested after an investigation into a Christmas Eve incident that resulted in serious charges and the closure of the downtown mainstay.
Champlin was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sex act – a Class B violent felony; one count of first-degree attempted rape – a Class C violent felony; four counts of first-degree sexual abuse – a Class D felony; four counts of forcible touching and one count of unlawfully dealing with a child.
A video surfaced online of Champlin sexually assaulting a 23-year-old female after the bar closed. The victim was later found to be a cousin of Champlin, and while the video was taken by another individual who worked at the bar – she, too, was named as the second victim of sexual assault.
Police learned of the second victim after security footage from the bar showed the assault.
The case is being heard in Yates County Criminal Court by Judge Jason Cook, and prosecuted by District Attorney Todd Casella. Champlin is being represented by James Nobles, an attorney based out of Rochester.
Nobles is the same lawyer who represented Charlie Tan in his murder trial for killing his father in 2015.
In May, Champlin rejected a plea deal to accept two felony counts of first-degree sex abuse with a promised sentence of three years in prison. Now, if found guilty – he faces upwards of 25 years in prison.
Any conviction on these charges require lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Authorities say Champlin remains released on $50,000 bail.
Earlier in 2018 it was reported by FingerLakes1.com that a pair of Keuka Park residents had taken over the property, and were looking to sell it to someone who could run the business. Mark Sprague and Steve McMichael, those individuals, said the property had a ‘rich history’ and that they looked forward to helping restore faith in a community mainstay that had gained a challenged reputation under previous ownership.