LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A former TV medical correspondent pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge alleging that he asked the 9-year-old daughter of an acquaintance to send him sexually suggestive images.

Dr. Bruce Hensel, 71, was arrested Nov. 13 and charged with one felony count of contact with a minor for sexual purposes after prosecutors say he solicited images through a messaging app on or about Aug. 4.

Bruce Hensel during a court appearance Nov. 22. (credit: CBS)

Hensel is well known in Southern California for his work in TV news, having won 11 Emmys and two Golden Mike awards.

He is being held on $5,000 bail and is due back in court Jan. 14.

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

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