Dad of Man Charged in Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter's Disappearance Arrested in Steroids Sting Operation

Stafford Police have charged Steven Sheerer of Barnegat, New Jersey, with hindering apprehension and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled dangerous substance

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The father of the man arrested last month in connection with the disappearance of Rosie O’Donnell‘s then-underage daughter has been apprehended for a separate crime.

Stafford Police have charged Steven Sheerer of Barnegat, New Jersey, with hindering apprehension and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the department announced Thursday. Sheerer, 51, was being tracked as part of an undercover operation involving anabolic steroids for seven months.

O’Donnell, 53, retweeted NJ Advance Media‘s article to her more than 800,0000 followers.

Sheerer works for the post office and allegedly tipped off another man that his address was “being flagged” in an investigation for trafficking drugs and firearms, Patrolman Christopher Fritz said in a news release.

Fritz confirmed to PEOPLE that Sheerer’s 25-year-old son, also named Steven Sheerer, is the same person charged with sending Chelsea O’Donnell a nude photo and endangering the welfare of a child.

Chelsea, the comedian’s adoptive daughter, was found in the younger Sheerer’s New Jersey house after they reportedly met on Tinder. She has since moved to live with her birth mother in Wisconsin. Rosie’s rep Cindi Berger has said Chelsea suffers from mental illness and went off her medication before going missing from the O’Donnell home in August.

“Rosie’s concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter,” Berger recently told PEOPLE in a statement.

The younger Sheerer has pleaded not guilty.

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