Now that comedienne Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea has been found, 25-year-old Steven Sheerer faces criminal charges involved in the disappearance of the 17-year old girl. Yahoo! News is reporting on Saturday afternoon that Sheerer’s home is where Chelsea was found this past week after having gone missing. Authorities in Ocean County have refused to give Chelsea’s name due to her age, but a Rosie O’Donnell spokesperson has said that O’Donnell’s missing daughter is the alleged victim in the crime.
In the criminal investigation, Sheerer faces charges of child endangerment. Specifically, the office of New Jersey’s Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said that Sheerer faces charges of third degree endangering the welfare of a child and third degree distribution of obscenity to a minor. According to the O’Donnell’s spokesperson Cindi Berger, Sheerer was involved with the minor and Rosie O’Donnell’s concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter. The spokesperson also alleged that O’Donnell is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has done and the diligence of the local police, says E! Online.
On Friday night, Sheerer was arrested at his home in Barnegat. That is where Chelsea, O’Donnell’s daughter, had been found three days prior. The girl was found just hours after the famous comedienne posted an online statement saying that her daughter had left home on Aug. 11. When found, authorities spoke to the person answering the door at the house. The person, at first, did not want to admit that Chelsea was there. After police informed the person that authorities would not leave until Chelsea came out, the girl willingly exited the house and left with the authorities.
After authorities obtained Chelsea’s cellphone, Sherrer’s arrest occurred. Authorities obtained Chelsea’s cellphone with her mother’s consent. Reportedly, inappropriate communications between Sheerer and Chelsea were found on Chelsea’s cellphone that had occurred over the past several weeks. Again, Chelsea is a minor. On Saturday, during the search of Sherrer’s home conducted with a search warrant, authorities seized a computer and other digital equipment.
Sheerer has a bail set at $40,000 cash. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. It is not known if Sheerer has obtained an attorney. A court date has not yet been scheduled for this case.
Sheerer will likely be arraigned sometime next week, but a court date has not yet been scheduled, prosecutors said. In 2012 and again in 2013, he pleaded guilty to drug offenses and was sentenced to two years of probation.