A longtime medical correspondent who won a number of local Emmys while working for Los Angeles station KNBC-TV was reportedly arrested and charged with felony child sexual exploitation.
Deadline reports that Dr. Bruce Hensel faces the charge for allegedly “asking a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive pictures, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.”
“The former part-time actor who’s now an independent writer and producer is charged with requesting the images from the daughter of an acquaintance through a messaging app on or about August 4, prosecutors said,” Deadline reports, adding: “The Los Angeles Police Department said Hensel, 71, was arrested Wednesday morning in Beverly Hills and charged with contact with a minor for sexual purposes. He was released from the LAPD’s Metropolitan Detention Center around 5 p.m. after posting $5,000 bail. No court date was announced.”
The report cites the D.A.’s Office saying that Hensel, if convicted, faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison.
Hensel reportedly joined KNBC in 1987 and was with the station for several years. Deadline notes that he won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award with the station in 2014.