- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Latest on a San Diego court hearing to confirm that a recently arrested man is a fugitive from Louisiana wanted in an investigation of 1979 child sex abuse allegations (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A California judge has determined that a man recently arrested in a San Diego suburb is a fugitive wanted in a 1979 child sexual abuse investigation in Louisiana, where he was a children’s TV show host known as “Mr. Wonder.”

A San Diego County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday after a brief identity hearing.

Authorities say Frank John Selas III assumed a new identity in the San Diego area, where he often invited children to his house to swim and was a Cub Scout leader. He was arrested in January.

The ruling sets the stage for extradition proceedings to begin.

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A San Diego court will determine whether a recently arrested man is a former children’s TV show host known as “Mr. Wonder,” who fled Louisiana in 1979 amid allegations he sexually abused children on a camping trip.

Authorities say Frank John Selas III assumed a new identity in the San Diego area, where he often invited children to his house to swim and was a Cub Scout leader.

Thursday’s court hearing is intended to establish whether or not the man is the fugitive, which he denied in an earlier hearing after his arrest in January.

At that time a defense attorney read a family statement saying he was well-loved and respected in the San Diego community.

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