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UPDATE: Lloyd’s has liquor license suspended after owner charged with attempted rape

Lloyd’s Limited: A Pub in Penn Yan has been at the center of a sexual assault investigation following a Christmas Eve incident at the bar.

Police Chief Thomas Dunham said there were two separate incidents within the investigation, but that the second wasn’t discovered until surveillance footage was obtained. Police were unable to make contact with Bob Champlin, owner of Lloyd’s Limited, until his lawyer produced him on Thursday for arraignment in Penn Yan Court.

Both incidents happened when the bar was closed, and while the first victim has been identified as a family member of Champlin’s — the charges against him were levied after the second assault.

“We have the video that was shared to Facebook in our possession,” explained Chief Dunham, who said that the entire investigation has been moving slowly, and methodically, despite the quick turnaround on charges.

Dunham said that three people were in the bar when the initial incident took place. The owner, an employee, and the victim — identified as a family member. While Dunham said the first video shared to social media lacked context — the person who filmed the incident was the second victim.

The identity of that employee was not released by police. Police said earlier that Champlin was the only individual present who had not cooperated with investigators throughout the process until Thursday.

A protest broke out at the bar on Wednesday around 4 pm, which came days after a petition was started online to have the business closed. More than 1,300 individuals signed the petition as of Thursday afternoon.

Champlin’s lawyer entered a ‘not guilty’ plea for the charges levied against his client. Champlin was charged with first-degree attempted rape, a Class B violent felony, first-degree sex abuse, two counts of forcible touching and unlawfully dealing with a child.

His lawyer said that he was not a flight risk, and was receiving treatment for a ‘drinking problem’.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash, or $100,000 secured bond.

On top of the charges, FingerLakes1.com learned that the liquor license for Lloyd’s Limited: A Pub had been suspended. The bar had not been open since the Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day incidents.

According to the Finger Lakes Times, Champlin has owned Lloyd’s Limited since 1999. The allegations shook the community, which has viewed Lloyd’s as a staple in the Penn Yan community for years.

One resident, speaking on the condition of anonymity said he’s concerned for the safety of those who go to places like Lloyd’s and expect to be safe. “This is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. This isn’t what’s supposed to happen when you go out in a small community,” the resident explained.

That resident, who has lived in Penn Yan for 40 years, says the bar has had this kind of reputation under current ownership. Multiple residents spoke with FingerLakes1.com and expressed discomfort with the establishment.

Champlin is due back in court on January 2nd.



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Update – Thursday, 11:30 am

Police say that they have been in contact with Bob Champlin’s attorney, who advised that he will be available at 1 pm today for arraignment and booking. While it’s unclear what charges Champlin faces, police said in an update that the individual who shot the video became a victim of sexual abuse later during the Christmas Eve incident.

This story will be updated after the 1 pm arraignment.


Update – Wednesday 6:30 pm

Details are becoming a little more clear around a alleged attack that took place at a well-known Penn Yan bar on Christmas Eve.

In the video, the victim is seen passed out on the bar, face down, as the bar’s owner sexually assault her. There were only four people inside the bar at the time of the incident, according to Penn Yan Police.

The entire ordeal unfolded at Lloyd’s Limited Pub, which is owned by Bob Champlin. Locals believe this isn’t the first instance of sexual assault, but are struggling with the fact that the incident was shared to social media after being caught on film.

Photo by Erech Lenchert.

Police say they executed a search warrant at Lloyd’s Limited, and that they obtained security footage, which will allow for investigators to establish a timeline of events. There were two men, and two women inside the bar shortly after the bar closed on Christmas Eve.

As of Thursday, the bar remained closed, a protest had developed late-Wednesday, and criminal charges were expected, according to police.

News 10NBC reports that Champlin has a lawyer, but that he is not currently speaking with law enforcement or the media. Multiple calls to the bar from FingerLakes1.com went unanswered as of Thursday morning.

A protest developed in front of the bar on Wednesday, as well, even though the establishment remained closed. A petition to have the business shut down had received hundreds of signatures, cresting the 650 mark late-Thursday.

One resident, speaking on the condition of anonymity said he’s concerned for the safety of those who go to places like Lloyd’s and expect to be safe. “This is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. This isn’t what’s supposed to happen when you go out in a small community,” the resident explained.

That resident, who has lived in Penn Yan for 40 years, says the bar has had this kind of reputation under current ownership. Multiple residents spoke with FingerLakes1.com and expressed discomfort with the establishment.


Original – Wednesday, 10:30 am

The Penn Yan Police Department announced this morning that they are aware of, and investigating an alleged incident of sexual abuse at Lloyd’s Limited Pub during the hours of Christmas Eve. By dinner time, a protest outside the bar had developed, and the bar remained closed.

Police say that they received information via social media, which included a video that was taken inside Lloyd’s Limited Pub. They say the video is in their possession, and some witnesses have been interviewed.

Photo by Erech Lenchert.

Police added that a search warrant was executed at Lloyd’s on Tuesday, during which the officers seized surveillance equipment from the establishment. Officers since applied for a search warrant to view the footage contained on the devices.

Police say that warrant was granted, and that law enforcement is now reviewing the entire night’s events from that video. They have also confirmed that Bob Champlin, the owner, is a person of interest in the case.

A protest developed Wednesday night in front of the bar, which had not opened since the Christmas Eve incident. Police have indicated that the event took place after the bar had closed, and that just a handful of people remained inside at the time of the incident.

Photo by Erech Lenchert.

A petition has received hundreds of signatures to shut down the Penn Yan bar since the incident.

The petition reads as follows:

A despicable act of sexual assault has taken place at this bar, at the hands of it’s owner, Bob Champlin. & one of his workers, Amy Castle, who recorded the entire thing, & did nothing to help. Then this video was posted on Facebook for hundreds to see. It is not the first time this man has preyed on girls, and it won’t be the last. PLEASE do your part to assure that they are both held accountable for this, & so that he is no longer allowed to operate a business. This petition is just the beginning & I will not stop until something has been done.”

Police did not identify the owner, or who the individuals are involved, despite dozens of reports on social media.

Photo by Erech Lenchert.

Patrons and locals have expressed their disappointment and anger involving the incident, which involved a young girl and the owner. They say another owner captured the entire incident on-camera, which led to it getting onto social media.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Photo by Erech Lenchert.

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