Man denies he is TV host wanted on child sex charges

By ELLIOT SPAGAT - Associated Press ,

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Frank John Selas shackled hands rest at his side as he is arraigned Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in San Diego.

Frank John Selas shackled hands rest at his side as he is arraigned Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo: AP Photo)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Cub Scout leader who often invited children to his suburban San Diego house to swim is denying that he is the former host of a children's show who went by the name "Mr. Wonder" and is wanted in Louisiana on charges that he sexually abused children during a camping retreat nearly four decades ago.

A man identified by authorities as Frank John Selas III on Wednesday contested that he is the 76-year-old fugitive. A San Diego judge scheduled a hearing Feb. 11 to establish identity.

The man arrested at his home Monday in Bonita spells his name slightly differently. Authorities say the former television host changed his name.

Selas hosted a television show in north Louisiana in the 1970s and allegedly vanished before authorities could arrest him.

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