Facebook video appears to show sexual assault at Penn Yan bar

December 27, 2017 06:24 PM

A reported sexual assault at a Penn Yan bar appears to have been captured on video, police say.

Now, the Penn Yan Police Department is investigating the incident. News10NBC is told the alleged incident took place at Lloyd's Limited Pub sometime between Dec. 24 and the early morning hours of Dec. 25.

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In the video, the victim appears to be unconscious on the bar and, while she's assaulted, another woman is recording video on her cell phone.

Police in Penn Yan only learned of the assault after the video was shared with hundreds of people on Facebook. Police say the bar closed at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It was just the owner and another man and two women inside after hours when all of this took place.

Within a few hours, hundreds of people in Penn Yan knew what happened inside of Lloyds Limited Pub on Christmas Eve.

"I was just heartbroken, I was so surprised that such a thing like that would happen," resident Joan Hanson-Eldred told us.

"All the sudden, it's all over Facebook and people are private messaging this horrendous video and we're in a small town, everybody knows everybody," adds Angel Neal. "Everybody knew everybody involved so it was shocking to say the least."

The 40 second video is so shocking that we won't share it with you. It appears to show the bar's owner, Bob Champlin, sexually assaulting a woman who is lying motionless on the bar.

Jennifer Lewke: "What was your reaction when you saw that video?"
Chief Thomas Dunham: "Yeah, it's disturbing, it's disturbing footage for sure."

Penn Yan police executed a search warrant at the bar Tuesday to get the surveillance video from inside the bar that night. They're currently reviewing it to get a clearer picture of everything that happened.

Angel Neal runs the diner right next door to Lloyd's and has known Bob Champlin for years. "Definitely he needs to be prosecuted, I mean that's above and beyond, that's predatory," Neal says.

She also thinks the woman who shot the video clip and the other man who was in the bar at the time should face charges. "Somebody's taping it, people are watching this -- why did not anyone step in, that's disturbing to me."

That seems to be the general consensus around town.

The police chief tells us the whole incident is still under investigation. The state Liquor Authority is launching its own investigation. In the meantime, Lloyd's Limited Pub hasn't been open since that night.

We did try to reach the owner of the bar on Wednesday. We called all the numbers we could find for him and went to his home. He was not there and didn't get back to us.

The police chief tells us he has not spoken to him either but has been contacted by an attorney representing him.


Jennifer Lewke

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