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West Fargo man faces child porn charges

According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement officers searched the man's West Fargo home and found more than 900 child pornography images with multiple children being abused by adults.

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WEST FARGO — A 26-year-old West Fargo man is accused of trading child porn online, according to court records.

Drew Michael Sirek faces felony charges of promoting or directing an obscene sexual act by a minor and possession of certain material prohibited by North Dakota law.

Sirek allegedly shared five videos in mid-April on Kik, an online messaging app, that depicted sexual acts involving children between the ages of 7 and 12, according to a criminal complaint.

Law enforcement officers searched Sirek’s home and found more than 900 child pornography images with multiple children being abused by adults, the complaint said. One was of a man sexually abusing an infant estimated to be between 6 and 9 months old, the complaint alleged.

Sirek said he shared porn on a messaging app but initially claimed the images were of adults, according to the complaint. He acknowledged he may have shared some images of older teens who looked 18 but could have been underage, the complaint said.

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Sirek appeared Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Cass County District Court. Judge Steven McCullough set Sirek's bond at $50,000. Sirek was not booked into the Cass County Jail, indicating that he paid the bond.

Sirek is vice president of operations for Branick Industries, a tire service company based in Fargo. The Forum left a message for his attorney, Jesse Lange, but it was not returned as of publication time.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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