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Sep 052015

Comedienne’s daughter admits she told Barnegat man she was 19

TOMS RIVER– The daughter of Rosie O’Donnell told a judge Friday she lied about her age to the 25-year-old Barnegat man she was found with after running away from home last month, reported.

Chelsea O’Donnell appeared at a bail hearing for Steven M. Sheerer, who has been charged with sending her a nude picture, admitting she told the man she was 19. The daughter of the comedienne was 17 at the time. Chelsea O’Donnell was later found at Sheerer’s home unharmed a few days after she ran away from her mother’s New York State home Aug. 11.

RELATED: Judge maintains bail for man found with Chelsea O’Donnell 

Sheerer was charged with child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor. Following O’Donnell’s admission in court Friday, Sheerer’s bail has been reduced to $10,000 with a 10 percent cash option. The judge also lifted a provision barring Sheerer from having contact with O’Donnell, who has since turned 18 and wants to see Sheerer, his attorney said.

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Aug 242015

In his first court appearance before Judge Joseph L. Foster, Sheerer’s lawyer, Robert L. Tarver, Jr., argued that bail should be reduced to $20,000 with a 10 percent option.

TOMS RIVER — A judge declined to reduce bail Monday afternoon for the Barnegat man found last week with Rosie O’Donnell’s runaway daughter.

Steven M. Sheerer, 25, is currently being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bail. He was arrested on Friday and charged with distribution of obscenity to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has said.

RELATED: Man found with Rosie O’Donnell’s missing daughter charged

Sheerer’s lawyer, Robert L. Tarver, Jr., declined to discuss the details of the allegations facing his client but suggested there is more evidence that will show Sheerer did not engage in “some sort of predatory behavior.”

“Our position is that we have some information that quite frankly the prosecution has not had the chance to consider,” Tarver said. “… We’re looking forward to the chance to present that evidence both to the prosecution and any other pa