Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Was Reportedly Found With Older Man She Met Online
Rosie O'Donnell's missing daughter was found at the home of a man with an alleged criminal past, according to reports.
Chelsea O'Donnell, 17, was tracked down to a home in Barnegat on the Jersey Shore on Tuesday evening, a week after she was last seen by her mother at their home in Nyack, New York.
It has now emerged that she was at the home of Steve Sheerer, 25. According to published reports, he met the teenager on the dating app, Tinder.
Rosie shared an image of Sheerer on her Twitter page on Wednesday. She added in the tweet that he had been charged with "third-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin."
Sheerer charged wthird-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, pic.twitter.com/pxfvC5rJYc— Rosie (@Rosie) August 19, 2015
In another tweet, she linked to a news article about the accusations from 2012.
Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch: Barnegat Pair Face Drug, Child Endangerment Charges http://t.co/YbxsJeUO7y - STEVE SHEERER— Rosie (@Rosie) August 19, 2015
The article, from the Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch, says he was charged with possession of heroin and endangering the welfare of two children, aged one and three, who were found inside a car with him.
Sheerer ultimately pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of the children, was put on probation for heroin possession and he served 53 days in jail, Entertainment Tonight reported.
In response to claims the teenager met the older man through Tinder, the company released a statement calling the situation "upsetting."
"We have security measures in place to help verify each user’s authenticity," it said. "Users age 13-17 can only connect with other users in that same age range on Tinder.
"If we learn that a user has lied about their age in order to interact with users outside of their appropriate age group, we delete their profile immediately.”
Chelsea, who suffers from mental health issues, had last been seen at her mother's home on August 11. Rosie O'Donnell posted a message to her website on Tuesday to say that her daughter was missing, and she was found hours later.
Sources say the girl is believed to have run away from home.
"Rosie wants to thank everyone for their help," Rosie's rep said in a statement after the teenager was found.
On Wednesday, Rosie added another tweet in the aftermath of the incident.
no mom is perfect - we all do our best @LisaMarasco -— Rosie (@Rosie) August 19, 2015
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