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Sun Jan 31, 2016, 04:42 PM

"Mr. Wonder," alleged La. pedophile, ostensibly caught after decades

BONITA, Calif. - In 1979, the man known to north Louisiana television viewers as "Mr. Wonder" vanished amid allegations that the children's show host sexually abused several kids during a camping retreat.

Now authorities say they have arrested him, living under another name in California, and officials and neighbors fear he could have preyed on other children during his 37 years on the run.

The man who faced a San Diego judge Wednesday denied he is the 76-year-old fugitive named Frank John Selas III who allegedly fled to Brazil in 1979 after authorities in Louisiana secured a warrant for his arrest.

CBS affiliate KNOE -- where Selas worked in the 1970s -- in Monroe, La., reports Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton does not believe the denial.

"When you look at somebody who's changed his name, been arrested for smuggling aliens into the country, had a couple of different passports, and flipping social security numbers around, he's hiding something. We got the right guy," Hilton said.



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