Rollins turns to imprisoned serial killer, Dr. Gregory Yates, when a new dead body with a similar m.o. washes up on a beach. In response, Yates makes a shocking accusation against Manhattan's Deputy Chief Medical Examiner.
A transgender teen dies after she is pushed off a bridge by another teen. The DA's office wants to try the aggressor as an adult and charge him with a hate crime, even though he appears to be genuinely remorseful.
Police officers kill an innocent, unarmed black man whose description resembled a rape suspect. The case soon escalates into a public circus, with the police taking sides against A.D.A. Barba, who is feeling political pressure to indict.
Rollins is placed in a no-win situation when her sister becomes a key figure in a complex case involving a rape, a drugging, and a valuable stolen flute. Meanwhile, the son of deputy chief Dodds begins working at SVU.
While trying to locate a teacher who may have kidnapped a 15-year-old boy for a romantic weekend, the team discovers that the boy's kidnapping may be part of an even more sinister plot involving a coach.
A woman is sexually assaulted by a group of teens outside of an apartment building. SVU tries to build a case against her aggressors, but none of the the dozens of potential witnesses who saw the attack are willing to come forward.
While SVU investigates a pair of vice cops found in the middle of an underage prostitution sting involving high-ranking public officials, the team discovers that a priest may be involved in a high school sex trafficking ring.
While Benson is removed from her job at SVU, the rest of the team tries to figure out who is responsible for the underage sex trafficking ring: the Catholic Church or a group of vice cops claiming to take their instructions from Ed Tucker.
During a live broadcast, a dating reality show contestant claims she was raped by another contestant. SVU investigates, but soon learns that the show's producers are more interested in creating a successful storyline than actual justice.