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Church bans TV host 'Mr. Wonder' over sex abuse allegations

Church bans TV host 'Mr. Wonder' over sex abuse allegations
Frank Szeles, who once hosted a children's show on local television under the name 'Mr. Wonder,' was arrested on charges he sexually abused children during a camping retreat nearly four decades ago. (Associated Press)

A man accused of sexually abusing children during a camping trip nearly four decades ago when he known as the TV show host "Mr. Wonder" has been banned from contacting children by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A church spokesman said Thursday that Frank Szeles, as he was known in the San Diego area, was "removed from all positions related to children" after failing to comply with the church's child protection policies.

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The spokesman, Eric Hawkins, says a parent later expressed "a generalized concern" about the suspect's behavior toward a child and the church urged the parent to report it to authorities.

The suspect's attorney, Marc Carlos, says the allegations weren't serious enough to be referred to police.

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