November 13, 2019

USA: LAPD Arrested Emmy-Winning Former NBC Television Medical Correspondent Dr. Bruce Hensel For Soliciting Sexually Suggestive Pictures Over The Internet. Faces 18 Months In State Prison.

CBS Los Angeles published Nov 13, 2019: Former television medical correspondent Dr. Bruce Hensel was charged Wednesday with asking a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive pictures, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Fox11, Los Angeles local
written by Digital staff
Wednesday November 13, 2019

LOS ANGELES - Emmy-winning former television medical correspondent Dr. Bruce Hensel has been arrested by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on suspicion of asking a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive photos, according to the L.A. District Attorney's Office.

LAPD's Northeast Division began "a child sexual exploitation investigation involving a nine-year-old child where inappropriate messages and photographs were shared between a child and a person believed to be Bruce Hensel," the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Authorities served a search warrant at Hensel's Pacific Palisades home in the 17500 block of Tramonto Drive on Oct. 16, according to LAPD.

Hensel was taken into custody at about 10:15 Wednesday morning in the 9600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The 71-year-old was booked for contact with a minor with the purpose of committing sexual acts and was held at the LAPD's Metropolitan Detention Center on a $5,000 bail. He posted bail Wednesday evening.

The District Attorney's Office said Hensel is charged with requesting the images from the daughter of an acquaintance through a messaging app on or about Aug. 4.

If convicted, Hensel faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison, the DA's Office said.

Hensel was the on-air former Chief Health, Medical and Science Editor/Correspondent for NBC4 Los Angeles, and is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Director of the documentary film "Beyond The Opposite Sex," which focuses on transgender relationships, according to an online biography.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Los Angeles Regional ICAC Task Force at 562-624-4027. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATE 11/17/19 at 2:22pm: Added info below

In 2009, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff introduced his “good friend” Dr. Bruce Hensel at a rally.

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