RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Frank Selas, 79, the former Monroe children's TV show host known as Mr. Wonder, who was released from prison in Central Louisiana in September and placed on parole in California after pleading guilty to indecent behavior with a juvenile for sexually assaulting a child on a camping trip in Rapides Parish back in the 1970s, has been released from jail in California following a December arrest for a parole violation.
According to his Louisiana attorney, Mike Small, and his California attorney, Marc Carlos, Selas was released from the Vista Detention Facility earlier this month following a show cause hearing in California where officials didn’t find sufficient evidence from an investigation to keep him locked up. Since his release, he is once again under supervision.
According to federal documents, on December 7, an agent assigned to monitoring Selas "was reviewing Selas' GPS tracks and noticed that Mr. Selas was at a resident that was previously denied due to children living there." When Selas reported to the parole office that same date, he was taken into custody. The agent also searched Selas' cellphone, "which revealed multiple pictures of unknown children on it." Selas was immediately arrested.
Since this case originated in Louisiana, we’re told it’s ultimately up to the state about what it wants to do next - move forward with trying to extradite him to Louisiana to try to pursue the matter further or follow the lead of California and let the matter go.
Selas is still facing separate federal charges in California for allegedly providing a false name on his passport. His next federal court appearance is set for next month.