A 53-year-old Wanaka man has been charged with possession of hundreds of child pornography images.
Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the transient man was born in Christchurch but was most recently living in Wanaka and Queenstown.
A laptop left behind at a Queenstown property was checked by the home owner yesterday, who discovered hundreds of objectionable images apparently involving minors and reported the matter to police.
It was not clear where the images originated or the country of origin but detectives were making further inquiries.
''The computer was found to contain several hundred images of objectionable publications.''
When the contents of the laptop were discovered police went to Wanaka to the man's last known address and he was arrested.
He was charged with possession of objectionable material and remanded in custody because of the serious nature of the alleged offending.
He was well known to police and was expected to appear in Queenstown District Court on June 17, Mr Blackford said.
- The Southland Times