No-Contact Order Between Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter and Alleged Heroin Addict Steven Sheerer Has Been Lifted

A New Jersey judge has granted Chelsea O'Donnell's request to lift a no-contact order between her and 25-year-old Steven Sheerer

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A New Jersey judge on Friday approved a request from Rosie O’Donnell‘s teenage daughter to lift a no-contact order with the 25-year-old man accused of sending her nude photos, reports the Associated Press.

A judge had issued the order prohibiting alleged heroin addict Steven Sheerer from seeing Chelsea O’Donnell after he was charged with sending her a nude photograph and endangering the welfare of a child.

Chelsea, who is now 18, was found hiding at Sheerer’s New Jersey home after she went missing last month, a couple weeks before her 18th birthday.

O’Donnell took to Twitter on Aug. 18 to plead for the public’s help in locating her daughter, and also revealed that Chelsea suffers from mental illness.

“Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness,” O’Donnell’s representative, Cindi Berger, told PEOPLE. “It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe.”

When Chelsea turned 18 last month, she chose to relocate to Wisconsin to live with her birth mother, Deanna Micoley.

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“Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “This was her choice.”

Sheerer’s attorney told the Associated Press that the relationship between his client and Chelsea was consensual and began on the dating website Tinder, where she identified herself as 19 – although she was 17 at the time.

“She came to me on her own,” attorney Robert Tarver said of Chelsea’s request to have the no-contact order lifted. “She wants to make things right.”

Sheerer, who has been arrested on heroin charges in the past, has pleaded not guilty in this case.

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