A home invasion turns violent and Benson tries to halt it, but she gets taken hostage instead.
A rendezvous with a teacher is planned by a high-school student, but the situation turns much more dangerous for the teen.
Child abductor Lewis Hodda's trial date has arrived finally, and Benson focuses on the proceedings in order to make sure Hodda is convicted. However, when Hodda rejects a plea, Barba must reconstruct his case from decades-old evidence and depositions. Then a familiar face returns as a defense expert, and the prosecution is dealt another blow.moreless
An investigation into a teenage girl who has vanished leaves DNA the only lead to find her kidnapper. Meanwhile, the case takes a toll on Dodds.
A reality TV family's secrets begin to spill when their young teenage daughter learns she's pregnant.
A violinist is raped by her colleague, but he doesn't remember committing the crime and claims he was drugged and robbed by a hired escort. Meanwhile, Rollins' mother throws a baby shower for her; and Sgt. Mike Dodds reports to work at the SVU squad.moreless
When another precinct shoots an unarmed black man, an eruption of racial tensions affects the NYPD's duties. As demands for justice become louder and more forceful, Barba faces pressure to indict three officers who claim they are not responsible, as they only followed the department's standard procedure.moreless
A malnourished toddler is found wandering and leads police to another ill child from the same home. The investigation eventually lands the Department of Child Services in hot water. Meanwhile, Chief Dodds tells Benson to expect some changes at her squad.moreless
A teenaged transgender girl is assaulted in a park on her way home from school, and ends up in the hospital. Her three attackers are caught, but the DA's choice to try one of her assailants as an adult weighs heavy on the squad as they deal with the affected families.moreless
In part one of the two-part 17th-season opener, the team again tangles with Gregory Yates. The unit investigates when a body washes ashore at the serial killer's burial site, but Rollins' attempt to coax a confession from him yields nothing but devastating information that rocks the squad.moreless
Barba and Benson's case involving Noah's biological father threatens Benson and Noah's future.
A little boy is kidnapped from school and a ransom request is made. Detectives soon uncover that the boy knew his abductor, but friction between his parents impedes the investigation. Meanwhile, Benson must take an exam to formalize her promotion.moreless
When a woman recants her testimony which, as a child, helped convict her father, the team reviews the original investigation. However, the assigned judge refuses to grant a new trial, and Bayard Ellis calls on retired Capt. Cragen for assistance.moreless
A Chicago crime resembles a decade-old New York City case, so police from Chicago arrive and team up with the squad to track down a suspect they had to release earlier.
A teen party that became an orgy yields explicit photos that go viral. Barba's focus on prosecuting the student who posted the photographs is sidelined by a cluster of measles cases which are traced back to the same party. As the virus spreads through the city, Benson's son becomes one of the victims, and she looks into the mothers who may have falsified documents in order to enroll their kids into the school system. Elsewhere, Amaro copes with news about his son.moreless
A college student makes a rape accusation in a TV interview, claiming she was gang raped at a fraternity house. Her story casts a national spotlight on sexual assault on college campuses, but her legal case is difficult for Barba to prove.moreless
Carisi's future brother-in-law makes a rape accusation against his female parole officer, forcing Carisi to investigate whether his sister's fiancé is telling the truth or allowing his old bad habits to resurface.