Will Suspect in Disappearance of Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter Beat Charges?

By on August 25, 2015

The man who has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea plans on fighting back against the charges by blaming Tinder, the app that allowed them to find one another. Steven Sheerer, 25, met Chelsea, 17, and reportedly sent her nude photographs over Tinder before she ran away from home. O’Donnell aimed her outrage at him posting old news articles from when he was arrested for heroin-related charges.

Just when it seemed that it was an open and shut case his lawyers are saying not so fast and claiming that Sheerer was under the impression that Chelsea was of age because of a feature on the app that separates users by age. According to TMZ, the lawyers plan on using Tinder’s age separation policy to get his client off the hook for the obscenity charges. Sending a minor a nude photo is a crime but, through his lawyers, Sheerer defends himself by saying he believed she was an adult based on the Tinder selection.

Many parents worry about the dangers of their children being on the internet. Rosie O’Donnell is no different, and her daughter Chelsea wouldn’t be the first teen to misrepresent her age on social media. It is unclear what Chelsea told Sheerer both online and later when she met him in person. While her mother charged that her daughter was taken advantage of because of an undisclosed mental illness, Chelsea only reportedly stopped taking her medication after running away leading speculation as to what Chelsea’s responsibility, if any, there is.


The story had a happy ending for O’Donnell, even if a temporary happy ending. Chelsea was returned home safely though when police showed up on Sheerer’s doorstep, she supposedly hid and then expressed a desire to stay with Sheerer instead of going home. They wouldn’t be the first mother and daughter to struggle through teenage issues. Adding mental illness to the equation can add to the stress, but if Chelsea misrepresented herself as an adult and was on an adult’s only section of social media, is Sheerer to blame for her disappearance? Does he deserve to be arrested or was his arrest the result of Rosie O’Donnell’s fame?

His lawyers also state that Chelsea was not harmed in any way and that their client has been getting treatment for his drug issues and, according to TMZ, has fully complied with the terms of his probation.

Do you think Steven Sheerer deserves to go to jail, or do you think he believed Chelsea O’Donnell was an adult? Did Rosie O’Donnell’s fame have any part in his arrest? Let us know what you think here at Haveuheard.

One Comment

  1. Dave

    August 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    New York law defines the age of consent as 17

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