The lawyers for Steven Sheerer, the 25-year-old man charged in connection with the weeklong disappearance of Rosie O’Donnell’s 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea, plan on arguing in court he believed she was of legal age based on Tinder’s settings, TMZ reports.
Sheerer’s attorneys claim that he assumed Chelsea was over 18 after she appeared on his feed, and that he was under the impression the dating app sorted users into appropriate age groups. Tinder groups its users into age groups based off their Facebook profile. Users between the ages of 13-17 are grouped together, while those 18 and over are grouped together.
As previously reported, Chelsea met Sheerer on Tinder and after going missing on Aug. 11, police found her safe at his home in New Jersey a week later. He reportedly sent the teen nude photos of himself via text. On Saturday, Aug. 22, Sheerer was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and the distribution of obscenity.
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