Dr. Bruce Hensel was the chief health, medical and science
editor and correspondent for NBC4. He joined the station in 1987
By Staff Report • Published November 22, 2019 • Updated on
November 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm
Former NBC4 medical correspondent Dr. Bruce Hensel pleaded not
guilty Friday to a felony charges alleging that he asked an
acquaintance's 9-year-old daughter to send him sexually
Hensel, 71, is due back in court Jan. 14.
He was arrested Nov. 13, accused of contacting the girl in
August using an online messaging app and asking her to send him
suggestive photos, prosecutors said. Investigators with the Los
Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
served a search warrant at Hensel's home on Oct. 16, officials
"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and we are
looking forward to a speedy and complete exoneration," Sitkoff
said after the arrest.
The case focused on inappropriate messages and photographs being
shared between a child and a person believed to be Hensel,
police said in a news release.
Hensel was the chief health, medical and science editor and
correspondent for NBC4. He joined the station in 1987.
Hensel is a practicing physician who is board certified in two
specialties, internal medicine and emergency medicine.
In addition to his work at NBC4 and being a practicing
physician, Hensel was a radio talk show host, author,
documentary film producer, a magazine contributing editor and a
Last year he was the executive producer of a show called "Beyond
The Opposite Sex" on Showtime.
Hensel began his career in broadcasting in 1981 when he produced
a show called "Medical Minutes" while still completing his
internship and residency training at Wadsworth Veterans
Administration Hospital at UCLA, according to his online bio on
A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's in political theory, Hensel
also studied journalism at both UCLA and Columbia University and
attended medical school at Columbia University's College of
Physcians and Surgeons, his bio said.