NBC Former Chief Medical Correspondent Accused of Sexting Nine-Year-Old Girl

Dr. Bruce Hensel worked for the network for almost 30 years.

A former NBC chief medical correspondent has been arrested on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent of committing sex acts.

Dr Bruce Hensel, 71, was taken into custody in Beverly Hills on Wednesday morning, LAPD revealed.

He was released on $5,000 bail later that evening, KTLA reported.

Hensel allegedly requested inappropriate photos from the daughter of an acquaintance through a messaging app in early August.

On October 16, investigators served a search warrant on his Pacific Palisades home; on Wednesday he was charged with one felony count of contact with minor for sexual purposes, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office confirmed.

In a statement, Hensel's attorney Steve Sitkoff said his client is "completely innocent of the charge."

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and look forward to a speedy and complete exoneration," he added.

Hensel, a 12-time Emmy-winning producer and host, worked for KNBC from 1987 to 2016; he was a regular talking head and hosted the "Ask Dr. Bruce" segment, where he answered viewers' health questions. In the video above, he delivers a report on high risk behavior on middle school students who sext.

His most recent credit is as Co-Executive Producer on the Showtime documentary "Beyond the Opposite Sex", about gender reassignment surgery.

If found guilty, he faces up to 18 months in prison.

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