POSTED: 08:42 p.m. HST, Jul 20, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 12:49 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2011
WAILUKU >> A former Maui police officer is being ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for stealing $500 from a woman he arrested three years ago.
The Maui News reported Wednesday that 33-year-old Steven Gunderson was one of three officers fired in March 2009 after an internal police investigation.
Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza says Gunderson avoided jail time because he's a first-time offender.
Gunderson had pleaded guilty to second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence for throwing away a suspected drug pipe.
Defense attorney William Sloper says Gunderson is taking responsibility and admitting wrongdoing.
Another former officer involved in the incident, 37-year-old Kristopher Galon, is awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting the woman and picking her up in his police car.