Hearing ordered on mysterious phone call in ‘Mr. Wonder’ case

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The Town Talk

21 August 2016

A 9th Judicial District judge has ordered an evidentiary hearing be held regarding a 1994 telephone call in the rape case against Frank John Selas, who was at one time a Monroe children’s TV show host called “Mr. Wonder.”

Judge Mary Doggett set the contradictory and evidentiary hearing on a motion filed by defense attorney Mike Small for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Selas, who is also known as Frank Szeles, has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges. He faces two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and eight counts of felony indecent behavior with juveniles.

He was indicted in February, about 37 years after he chaperoned a camping trip for young children at Valentine Lake during which he allegedly molested at least one child.

Small filed the motion regarding a mysterious 1994 telephone call someone placed to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, asking whether the charges against Selas still were active and if the former children’s television host would face prosecution if caught.

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