Former KNBC Medical Correspondent Arrested for Soliciting a Minor

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

He is known for his longtime work at KNBC.

This week, Dr. Bruce Hensel was arrested on Wednesday morning after being suspected of suggesting a 9-year-old girl send him sexually suggestive pictures.

The 71-year-old was taken into custody by investigators at the LAPD and released after posting bail.


Hensel is accused of requested the images from the daughter of an acquaintance through a messaging app this Summer, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the DA’s Cyber Crimes Division.

Detectives served a search warrant at Hensel’s home on Oct. 16.

Steve Sitkoff, Hensel’s attorney, released the following statement: “Dr. Hensel is completely innocent of the charge. We are cooperating with the authorities and look forward to a speedy and complete exoneration.”

If convicted as charged, Hensel faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison.