Steven Sheerer, a 25-year-old with a history of drug charges, has been named as the man who hid Rosie O’Donnell‘s 17-year-old daughter Chelsea O’Donnell, and has been brought up on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and distribution of obscenity.

Steven Sheerer Jailed

Sheerer has been jailed on the charges for striking up the questionable relationship with O’Donnell’s teenage daughter. Investigators found the evidence to charge him after O’Donnell turned Chelsea’s phone over to them. On the phone, investigators uncovered “evidence of inappropriate communications over the last several weeks,” according to the New York Daily News.

In the resulting investigation, law enforcement agents issued a search warrant to seize Sheerer’s computer and other items that could hold incriminating digital data.

Sheerer “was involved with a minor, and Rosie’s concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter,” said, Cindi Berger, the  spokeswoman for O’Donnell who announced last week that her daughter had gone missing. “Rosie is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has done and the diligence of the local police.”

Sheerer was jailed on $40,000 cash bail is facing up to 10 years in prison. He has been barred from contacting Chelsea or any other members of the O’Donnell family.

Sheerer’s arraignment will likely take place sometime this week.

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