Frank Selas, aka Frank Szeles, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

January 27, 2016

frank-selasA San Diego area resident, living as a fugitive and with an alias, is facing child sexual abuse charges for allegedly molesting young children in Louisiana during a camping 37 years ago. For the last 30 years Frank John Selas apparently had been living in the San Diego area under the last name of Szeles.

Frank Selas, also known as Frank Szeles, was a former Louisiana television personality and host of the Mr. Wonder show. He used his name recognition in 1979 to promote a camping trip for young children, then fled the state and ultimately the country when parents began complaining that he had abused kids on that camping trip.

Reports state that Frank Selas (Frank Szeles) returned to the US and lived in San Diego starting in 1985. He served as a PTA President of Ella B. Allen and Valley Vista Elementary Schools in Bonita along with serving as a teacher, soccer coach, and Cub Scout Troop leader until 2012.

Media reports state that Frank Szeles (Frank Selas) was removed from the San Diego area Boy Scouts program for “non-compliance with youth protection policies and procedures.”

A Predator’s Profile

It’s no secret that predators go where the children are. And it’s also no secret that predator’s usually have more than one victim or engage in ongoing predatory behavior.

Emory University psychiatrist Dr. Gene Abel, uncovered that:

  • Male offenders who abused girls had an average of 52 victims each.
  • Men who molested boys had an astonishing average of 150 victims each.
  • Only 3% of these crimes had ever been detected.

Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse

Estey Bomberger has sued numerous organizations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual predators. Their research indicates that this type of crime affects children throughout their lifetime and that the younger the child, the greater the harm. For that reason Estey Bomberger urges parents to come forward if they suspect that Frank Szeles (Frank Selas) may have engaged in inappropriate conduct with their child.

Call Estey Bomberger

If you suspect that your child may have had inappropriate contact with Frank Szeles (Frank Selas) in San Diego please call the law firm of Estey Bomberger. Attorney Steve Estey specializes in child sex abuse cases. The law firm is also a supporter of community child protection programs and this week is participating at the The 30th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.