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Child porn charges dropped against former Major County deputy

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MAJOR COUNTY, Okla. --

Charges have been dropped against a former Major County Sheriff’s deputy and U.S. Army Sniper, who was accused of possessing child porn.

Daris Cope said the allegations are false and his reputation has been ruined because of them.

You may remember, Cope was arrested on several charges in 2011.

Those charges were dropped, but others were refiled in 2013.

Cope said he has been trying to prove his innocence for nearly five years.

He was relieved when he got a recent order of dismissal in the mail.

"These motions and briefs have merit in behalf of the defendant," Cope read.

He has been reading those words over and over again.

It is part of the judge’s order to dismiss child pornography charges against him.

"I about cried. I have been living a nightmare for five years," Cope said.

Cope said the nightmare began with accusations from an ex-girlfriend.

Soon after, investigators searched his phone and computer.

The child porn agents found was from a virus, he said. He claims he never opened the images and did not even know they were there.

"It sickened my stomach literally," Cope said. "To be accused of the same crime that I put people in prison for and knowing in my heart it's all lies, and nobody wanted to believe me.”

The accusations have left Cope living in fear.

"I received death threats,” he said. “How they thought I ought to be hung. Put up there that I ought to be castrated. Some people threatened to fire bomb my house.”

Cope said things got so bad, he thought about ending his life.

"I could have been the best deputy. The best soldier in the world, but when someone sees my face, oh that's the deputy that was arrested for having child porn," Cope said.

With the dismissal letter, he is hoping for redemption.

"We're supposed to have constitutional rights. I fought for those rights and Major County took them away from me," he said.

Cope said he is looking for an attorney and plans to sue for lost wages and damages.

News Channel 4 reached out to the District Attorney’s office Friday but did not immediately hear back.