Former host of children's TV show indicted on rape charges
ALEXANDRIA- A former children's television show host who vanished decades ago amid allegations he sexually abused children on a camping trip has been indicted by a Louisiana grand jury on rape charges.
Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley says 76-year-old Frank John Selas III was indicted Thursday on two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and eight counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Federal agents arrested Selas last month in California. Authorities say he had settled in the San Diego area about 1985 and legally changed his name.
In the late 1970s, Selas hosted the "Mr. Wonder" show on a television station in northern Louisiana. He allegedly fled to Brazil in 1979 after parents complained to authorities that he abused their children on a camping trip.