The New Jersey man authorities say housed Rosie O’Donnell’s missing 17-year-old daughter after meeting her on Tinder has been arrested and charged with child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor, the Associated Press reports.
According to police, 25-year-old Steve Sheerer initially denied Chelsea O’Donnell was in his home but the teen was later found hiding in his attic. On Friday, authorities say they discovered “inappropriate communications” between Sheerer and a 17-year-old identified by an O’Donnell spokesperson as Chelsea. From the Ashbury Park Press:
The prosecutor’s news release about Sheerer’s arrest said detectives received permission from the victim’s mother to retrieve the 17-year-old’s phone, which revealed inappropriate communications between Sheerer and the minor over the past several weeks.
Detectives later seized a computer and other digital equipment from Sheerer’s home. The seized items will be examined as part of a continuing investigation, authorities said.
“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,” an O’Donnell spokesperson told the AP. “Rosie is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has done and the diligence of the local police.”
If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
[Image via Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office]