The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 1, 2013

Child pornography charge is dropped against former Major County deputy

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— A child pornography charge filed against a former Major County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested two years ago was dropped this week.

Daris Lee Cope, 48, now faces a single misdemeanor count of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Cope’s next hearing is set for Sept. 13 on the remaining charge. His attorney, Mike Roberts, said he will file motions to have the final charge dismissed.

Cope, of Fairview, was charged in 2011 with counts of violation of Oklahoma’s Computer Crimes Act, possession of child pornography and stalking. In June 2012, a judge dismissed the charge of violating the state’s Computer Crimes Act for lack of evidence and dismissed the stalking charge, which was a felony because of allegations it violated a protective order.

At that time, Roberts said his client still faced the charge of possession of child pornography and a newly filed misdemeanor stalking charge. Those charges were dismissed this week.

Cope’s arrest in July 2011 was the result of a complaint made by an ex-girlfriend, who said he was violating a protective order against him by posting about her on Facebook. She also alleged he claimed to have sexually explicit photographs of her on his computer.

Because of the complaint, law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant for Cope’s computer. During a search for the photographs of the woman, authorities said they found child pornography, according to court documents.⌣