A former Rotorua police officer has been fined for possessing obscene images of young girls being abused.

Robert Theunissen was fined $1000 and ordered to pay $260 court costs by Judge Chris McGuire in Rotorua District Court yesterday.

The 64-year-old man had pleaded guilty to 18 charges of possessing objectionable material at an earlier court hearing.

- NZPA