Bill's Cafe

Police have charged the owner of Bills' Cafe Nicolaos Trintis, now 64, with sex offenses including second-degree rape. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun / December 12, 2013)

A 64-year-old Essex man and longtime tavern owner was indicted on 36 counts related to the alleged sex abuse of a minor dating back more than 30 years, prosecutors confirmed. 

Nicolaos Trintis was arrested and charged on six counts last month, and was freed on $100,000 bond. Prosecutors took the case to a grand jury this week and returned 30 additional counts in the alleged abuse, which dates to 1979. 

The accuser contacted police in May 2012 and said Trintis had abused her repeatedly over the course of three years when her mother worked as a bar manager at Trintis' Bill's Cafe, in southeast Baltimore near Dundalk. She was 10 at the time the alleged abuse began.

Trintis denied any wrongdoing when contacted by The Sun before his arrest. His attorney, John Themelis, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. 

Bill's Cafe, a corner bar at the intersection of Dundalk and Holabird avenues just inside the city line, opened in 1954 and was run by Trintis from the 1970s until an unrelated raid by police this fall.

The accuser's husband launched a website airing the allegations, after being frustrated by city prosecutors' handling of thecase. The site does not name the accuser. The State's Attorney's Office later assigned a new prosecutor to the case and authorized police to file the charges.