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Former Victorian railways official and prominent historian, Robert Whitehead, has been charged with yet another child sex offence as more victims emerge alleging he abused them over a 40-year period.
Mr Whitehead, 84, was this week charged with another count of indecent assault of a male under 16, bringing his total charges to 34 and number of alleged victims to six.
This number is set to grow, with detectives understood to be soon taking a statement from another person who claims to have been abused by Mr Whitehead.
A wheelchair-bound Mr Whitehead faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning where his bail was extended. He faces a committal hearing on April 17.
Fairfax Media is unable to report important details of Mr Whitehead's employment history and alleged offending due to legal reasons.
However, if he is found guilty, his case will raise questions for Victoria's transport department and several historic railway society's that he was associated with, including the iconic Puffing Billy service.
Mr Whitehead was head controller at Melbourne's Spencer Street station and most recently associated with the Seymour Historic Rail Society.
His expertise has been used by the Victorian government and several councils to promote the state's historic railway lines.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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