The alleged heroin dealer who was hiding Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea has been arrested. Steven Sheerer, 25, was arrested on Friday evening at his home in Barnegat, NJ for his "inappropriate communications" with the underage girl. He is facing charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor.
Chelsea O’Donnell had been found at the home Tuesday, after her mother had asked the public for help finding her. Chelsea had been missing since August 11th.
"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's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, told The Associated Press. "Rosie is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has done and the diligence of the local police."
Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch: Barnegat Pair Face Drug, Child Endangerment Charges http://t.co/YbxsJeUO7y - STEVE SHEERER
— Rosie (@Rosie) August 19, 2015
Barnegat police Lt. Keith Germain confirmed that Chelsea O’Donnell and Sheerer had met through Tinder. A computer and other digital equipment was seized from Sheerer’s home as part of the investigation.
Sheerer pleaded guilty to drug offenses in separate cases in 2012 and 2013; he was sentenced to two years of probation in both instances. Sheerer now faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the current charges.