The detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called to the scene when a hotel maid (Anika Noni Rose) reports being assaulted by an Italian diplomat (Franco Nero). Bureau Chief ADA Cutter and ADA Cabot prosecute the high-profile case, which quickly grows more complicated as the maid's credibility is publicly questioned. Detective Amanda Rollins joins the Manhattan SVU from Atlanta, while Detective Benson struggles to cope with the fall-out from the shooting in the precinct.
As a long time coach (Dan Lauria) is inducted to the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame by former students, an ex-player (Aaron Tveit) accuses the coach of sexually abusing him as a child. Detective Nick Amaro transfers into the SVU squad from narcotics and is thrown on to the case. The detectives interview former players but no one admits to abuse, forcing Detectives Benson and Tutuola to dig deeper into the coach's most successful player (Mehcad Brooks) and his manager (Heavy D).SVU investigates an accusation that a revered high school basketball coach sexually abused his players, but they ultimately may need the cooperation of a reluctant pro superstar to make the case.
Detectives Benson and Amaro are called to the scene when an unconscious woman with signs of physical trauma is found in a river near the Mayor's home. With the victim in a coma, the squad races to identify and account for her prior whereabouts. They uncover a wild side to an otherwise normal wife and mother, and the investigation reaches an unsettling conclusion.
After making a seemingly routine arrest of a man exposing himself in Central Park, Detective Rollins has a bad feeling about the suspect and calls upon the entire SVU squad and ADA Barba to help. With no way to discover the suspect's true identity, he masterfully outplays them at every turn. A shocking theory comes to light, and as Barba's trial comes to a close, the situation rapidly escalates and Detective Benson is put into mortal danger.
When a teen-aged girl is brutally assaulted at a rock concert, the SVU must work with their best witness, a Gulf War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Two surprise sniper attacks on the NYPD leave the SVU squad scrambling for answers. When the link between the shootings appears to be Detective Tutuola, he reconnects with his former Narcotics partner in order to uncover a possible motive tied to their old cases. As the violence continues, Lieutenant Eames joins the investigation and the Special Victims Unit races to hunt down a killer no one saw coming.
The team discovers that a 9-year old boy is a psychopath and is torturing his sister. After finally convincing that he needs help, the incidents escalate and puts Amaro in danger. Meanwhile, Amaro works on his relationship with his new son.
When a local college student is sexually assaulted, the SVU detectives utilize every trick they have to uncover a massive conspiracy involving the university's top administrators.
Detective Cassidy returns and finds that a woman he had sex with while undercover is now charging him with rape because she didn't know he was undercover. Amaro, who had a similar incident from his undercover days 9 years ago, learns he has a child.
A popular sportscaster is forced to confront her rapist when he decides to represent himself in court and sues her custody of the child they conceived as a result of the rape.
After Rollins' sister returns, pregnant by her abusive ex-boyfriend, Rollins comes home to find the ex- raping her sister and kills him. Rollins attempts to cooperate with IAB, but Lt. Tucker who is investigating the case is determined to find Rollins at fault. Robert John Burke, Lindsay Pulsipher guest.
When a pop star is beaten by her celebrity boyfriend, SVU tries to get her to press charges, especially when the domestic violence escalates into the murder of the pop star's producer. Raul Esparza, Dave Navarro, Jeffrey Tambor, Charles Malik Whitfield, Wendy Williams, Perez Hilton, & Saul Rubinek guest.
When a man on death row is scheduled to be executed in 7 days, Counselor Ellis is called in to help. The SVU team gets involved when he claims to be a victim of abuse at the hands of the man he murdered. Andre Braugher, Mike Tyson, Ed Asner guest.
FBI Agent Lewis returns when new evidence prompts the SVU detectives to investigate an unsolved series of rape/murders. Marcia Gay Harden, Harold Perrineau, Jay Karnes guest.
The SVU Detectives stumble upon a murder case in which they believe the victim of an ongoing rape case was framed. Despite attempts from another district's DA to prosecute her, the team pairs with Barba to prove her innocence. Jane Kaczmarek, Raul Esparza, Enver Gjokaj, Yvonne Zima, Renee Goldsberry guest.
The team pursues a man who's assaulting and robbing closeted men. They manage to catch the suspect after one of the crimes ends in murder, but legal complications and a stubborn defense attorney make a tough case for Barba. Raul Esparza, Nia Vardalos, Victoria Rowell guest.
When a man goes on a killing spree, Benson and the team detain a prostitute who regularly sees the man and uses her to lure him in. Patricia Arquette, Jason Gedrick, Anne Meara.
When Fin's ex-brother-in-law Sam is arrested for assaulting a priest, SVU works together to prove that Sam was saving the priest from other attackers. While the process of proving his innocence gets tangled up in the bureaucratic process, their investigation reveals the sexual assault of a minor from twelve years ago.Denis O'Hare and Tony Plana guest.
The case of a kidnapped child quickly turns into a paternity investigation when falsified adoption and birth certificates surface showing that the kidnapper is the mentally-unstable biological mother. As the team dives deeper into the case, they discover not everything is as it appears, especially when the biological mother is murdered. Scott Bakula, Bijou Philips, Jessica Hecht.
After a teacher from a prestigious school is found dead with a letter from an ex-student accusing him of statutory rape, the team investigates an administrative cover-up of sexual abuse at the school over 3 decades. Raul Esparza, Charles Grodin, Elliott Gould, Buck Henry, Anthony Rapp, Alvin Epstein, Elizabeth Marvel guests.
The recent kidnapping of a child prompts Munch to reopen an old unsolved case with similar circumstances. Tom Sizemore, Hamish Linklater, Mili Avital, Alex Karpovsky, Jenna Wolfe guest. 300th Episode.
The team investigates the kidnapping of a 14-year old girl from a frat party, and enlist the help of a hacker when a video of her is posted on an untraceable website . Rollins' sister Sara turns up out of the blue. Lindsay Pulsipher, Raul Esparza, Chris Coy
The best-selling author of a raunchy S&M novel is attacked and the squad's investigation points to a popular television talk show host. Anna Chlumsky, Roger Bart, Adam Baldwin, Raul Esparza, Elizabeth Marvel, Romy Rosemont, Jay McInerney.
When the team begins investigating a sex trafficking circle, they stumble upon terrorist activity and Homeland Security shuts down their investigation. SVU continues to pursue the investigation trying to save the women and find the terrorist contact. Kathryn Erbe, Richard Kind, Doug E. Doug,
The investigation into high end prostitution rings at war has threatened to tear the SVU apart. Cragen stands accused of murder and the squad works to uncover the truth no matter how deep it goes. -- Part 2 of 3 of "Rhodium Nights" Paget Brewster, Tamara Tunie, Laura Benanti, Ron Rifkin, Peter Jacobsen, Brook Smith, Pippa Black, Dean Winters, Adam Baldwin, Jason Cerbone.
With the SVU detectives nearing the breaking point, the squad tries to finally bring the case to a close, no matter who it threatens to take down. Part 3 of 3 of "Rhodium Nights" Paget Brewster, Brook Smith, Peter Jacobsen, Adam Baldwin, Dean Winters, Jason Cerbone.