December 28, 2017 05:48 PM
Bob Champlin, the owner of Lloyd's Limited Pub in Penn Yan, has been arraigned on felony charges in relation to the alleged sexual assaults that took place inside his bar on Christmas Eve.
On Thursday, Champlin pleaded not guilty to criminal sexual act in the first degree, attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawfully dealing with a child as one of the female victims was under 21 years old and served alcohol.
Bob Champlin said nothing when he turned himself in Thursday afternoon.
He was booked on a number of charges related to what happened inside his bar on Christmas Eve. As we've reported, a graphic video was taken of a sexual assault, and posted to social media. The female victim was unconscious, face down on the bar during the attack.
When the community forwarded the video to police, they executed a search warrant for surveillance equipment from inside the bar. When they reviewed it, they discovered, there was even more to the story.
"Much later on, it would actually be in the early morning hours of Christmas morning, she -- 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," says Chief Thomas Dunham, Penn Yan Police Department.
Jennifer Lewke (News10NBC): "There's a video out there that's circulating around this community, what does your client have to say for himself?"
Neil Gunther: "We have no comment about the video at this point."
Lewke: "How do you anticipate that impacting the case?"
Gunther: "At this point, it's too early to tell. I haven't seen the video at this point."
As for any charges against the woman who took that video...
Lewke: "I know she's a victim of a crime now but there's a lot of backlash about that, she posted that video without the knowledge of the first woman for the world to see, essentially, why isn't she facing any charges for that?"
Chief Dunham: "We're still reviewing the whole incident and event right now. We don't know exactly what the intent was of that so that's the best I can answer that right now."
During his arraignment, Champlin's attorney told the judge that Champlin has voluntarily entered rehab for alcohol addiction.
The top charge Champlin is facing could carry a 20 year prison term if convicted.
Champlin is being held in jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. He is due back in court on Jan. 2.
Updated: December 28, 2017 05:48 PM
Created: December 28, 2017 10:01 AM
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