ALEXANDRIA, La. — A former television personality in Louisiana charged with rape and child molestation will go to trial next year.

News outlets report the trial for Frank John Selas III is set for Feb. 5. Selas was a popular host known as Mr. Wonder on a children’s show that KNOE-TV aired during the 1970s.

As Mr. Wonder, he took a group of children camping at Valentine Lake in June 1979. After the trip, a complaint was filed with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office that alleged sexual abuse. Selas had already fled when detectives went to arrest him. He was caught nearly 40 years later at his suburban San Diego home.

The Alexandria Daily Town Talk reports a grand jury indicted Selas on multiple offenses, including rape. He has pleaded not guilty.


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com