PACIFIC PALISADES, LOS ANGELES (THECOUNT) — Dr. Bruce M. Hensel,
a former longtime medical correspondent for ABC7 in Los Angeles,
was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of contacting a
minor with intent to commit sexual acts, authorities said.
Hensel, 71, was taken into custody about 10:15 a.m. by
investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile
Division, a spokesperson for the agency said. He was being held
on $5,000 bail, the station reported on Wednesday afternoon.
On Oct. 16, members of the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crime
Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at Hensel’s
home in Pacific Palisades. Items were removed from the hillside
house as part of the investigation, an LAPD spokesperson said.
Additional details about the case were not immediately disclosed.
Hensel was a medical correspondent for KNBC for nearly three
decades and had prior stints at NBC in New York and KCOP in Los
Angeles. In addition to his reporting on medical issues for
KNBC, he was known for answering viewer questions on the
station’s “Ask Dr. Bruce” segment. He won multiple Emmys for his
work in addition to honors from medical organizations.
An online biography indicates Hensel also served as a medical
professor at UCLA and hosted a nationally syndicated call-in
Last year he co-directed and produced a documentary about
transgender relationships entitled “Beyond the Opposite Sex,”
which aired on Showtime.