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Penn Yan bar owner charged with attempted rape

Photo: Penn Yan Police Department

Penn Yan, N.Y. – The owner of a Penn Yan bar was arraigned Thursday on a number of charges.

Bob Champlin, owner of Lloyd’s Limited A Pub, turned himself over to authorities Thursday afternoon. He has been charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree, attempted rape in the first degree, sexual abuse, two counts of forcible touching, and unlawful dealing with a child.

The charges stem from an alleged incident at the pub on Christmas Eve. Cell phone video purportedly captured an alleged assault that happened after the bar was closed. After reviewing surveillance tapes, police said the person who took the video, whom they identified as an employee at the bar, became a victim in another incident in the early hours of Christmas Day.

"Much later on, it would actually be the early hour of Christmas morning, the second female, who videotaped the incident to begin with, was seen passed out on the floor behind the bar, and Mr. Champlin was touching her underneath her clothes as well," alleged Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham.

"The females in this are victims; that’s clear," Dunham added. "Whether, if you’re drinking and you’ve had too much to drink, if someone passes out, that’s not free reign for anyone to sexually assault someone."

Champlin's lawyer, Neil Gunther, said his client checked himself into rehab for a drinking problem. Gunther would not disclose if that had any relation to the charges he's facing.

"We’re looking to confront these charges and let the process play out," Gunther said.

Champlin pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was remanded to jail on $50,000 cash/$100,000 bond.

The defendant is due back in court January 2.

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