Former NBC Medical Correspondent Sentenced to Probation for Soliciting Nude Photos from Child.
Dr. Bruce Hensel, a former on-air medical correspondent for NBC, has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for soliciting nude photographs from a friend’s nine-year-old daughter.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, Hensel was arrested in 2019 and pleaded no contest to one count of contacting a child with the intent to commit a crime.
Despite the evidence against him, prosecutors and Hensel’s defense attorney, Leonard Levine, had been negotiating the terms of a plea deal for several months.
A transcript of the text messages in which Hensel repeatedly asked the child for “sexy and private” photos was included in a filing submitted to the state Medical Board last year, leaving little doubt about his guilt.
In court, Hensel apologized to the victim and her family, insisting that the incident was isolated. “I’m terribly sorry for what happened. I’ve done everything I can to understand this isolated thing,” he said. The victim’s father, who forgave Hensel before the sentencing, called the doctor out for violating his professional oath to “cause no harm.”
Hensel, who is well known in the Los Angeles area for his nearly 30-year career as the chief medical correspondent for NBC’s affiliate KNBC, has won multiple Emmys and two Golden Mikes.
He is also a practicing physician certified in two specialties, internal medicine and emergency medicine.
The doctor’s arrest and subsequent sentencing have not gone unnoticed by his former employer. KNBC has covered the story both on-air and online.