An Emmy-award-winning TV medical correspondent has been arrested
for allegedly requesting "sexually suggestive" images from a
nine-year-old girl, according to reports. Dr Bruce Hensel, who
worked as a medical correspondent for KNBC for nearly three
decades, was arrested in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday
at around 10am.
Authorities began probing the 71-year-old after he exchanged
"inappropriate" messages and pictures with the little girl who
is the daughter of his acquaintance. According to detectives,
Hensel requested "sexually suggestive" photos of the girl on
August 4 this year. A search warrant was served on his home in
Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, on October 16.
Neighbors, while speaking to CBS, said they saw police officers
raiding his house and taking away computers. A woman told the
outlet that Hensel continued with his daily routine despite the
raid. "I saw him just last weekend, he was totally fine," she
reportedly wanted to remain anonymous.
Authorities arrested Hensel on Wednesday while he was on Santa
Monica Boulevard, and he was booked into the LAPD's Metropolitan
Detention Center. He was reportedly released on a $5,000 bail.
Hensel's lawyer, Steve Sitkoff, told Fox News that his client
his "completely innocent of the charge." He added: "We are
cooperating with the authorities and look forward to a speedy
and complete exoneration."
Reports state that Hensel is charged with one felony count of
contact with a minor for sexual purposes. If convicted, the 71-
year-old faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.
Hensel, according to the information posted online, joined NBC4
in June 1987 and wrote multiple investigative stories for them.
He won multiple awards and was the co-host of the series 'Health
Fax' in 1988. According to his Linkedin profile, Hensel's last
working job was as co-director and executive producer on Beyond
The Opposite Sex, which aired on Showtime in March 2018.
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