Thursday 19 July 2018

Man found with Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea (17) is arrested

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The man found with Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea, who had been missing for a week, has been arrested.

Ocean County Proescutor Joseph D, Coronato revealed that 25-year-old Steven Sheerer was charged on Friday with child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor.

Each charge carries a possible sentence of up to five years.

Coronato's mobile phone was analysed by High Tech Crime Unit detectives and they found "inappropriate communications over the last seven weeks" between Sheerer and Chelsea.

Steven Sheerer. Pic: Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor
Steven Sheerer. Pic: Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor

Although Chelsea was not named by Coronato, O'Donnell's spokesperson confirmed it was her to PEOPLE, "He was involved with a minor, and Rosie's concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter."

O'Donnell had reported Chelsea missing on Tuesday and suspected she had run away from their home in New York a week earlier.  It is believed Chelsea met Sheerer online.

After Chelsea was found O’Donnell tweeted, “chelsea has been found and is safe in police custody - thank you all for the help and light #missingchildren.”

After he was charged she also posted another tweet referencing an article outlining Sheerer's previous charges for heroin possession and endangering the welfare of a child.

Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea (17) found safe after being missing for one week 

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