Pacific Palisades: Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division began a child sexual exploitation investigation involving a nine-year-old child where inappropriate messages and photographs were shared between a child and a person believed to be Bruce Hensel. Since the contact was made by way of the internet – Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives assumed investigative responsibility.
On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, around 1:30 p.m., personnel from the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a residential search warrant at the residence of Bruce Hensel located in the 17500 block of Tramonto Drive in Pacific Palisades.
On November 13, 2019, around 10:15 a.m., Bruce Hensel was arrested in the 9600 block of Santa Monica Blvd in connection with the ensuing investigation. Hensel was subsequently booked into the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Detention Center for 288.3(a)PC (Contact with a Minor with Purpose of Sexual Act) where his bail was set at $5,000.00.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles Regional ICAC Task Force at (562) 624-4027, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.