“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” (SVU) on NBC aired an unusually disturbing episode directed by Michael Slovis Wednesday night, January 6, “Catfishing Teacher”. It featured two teachers taking advantage of high school students.
The episode starts as a young female English teacher “tricks” a member of the wrestling team into a sexual situation in a storage closet. It seems as though the episode is going to get into the subject matter of female sex offenders. But then another younger (15 years old) teen (Ted Sutherland) disappears. In investigation the first incident, the detectives are a led to the possibility that the wrestling coach has abducted this other teen and taken him to a cabin in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
With the help of PA state police, NYPD tracks down the coach, rescue the boy, and soon the coach is prosecuted. But other victims are reluctant to testify, until one of the victims from years back (who had worked as a babysitter of the teen a number of years before) takes matters into his own hand and gets personal revenge against the coach. Now the victim faces murder charges.
Detectives were played by Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Dann Florek.
Update: Jan. 9
There is a news story about "catflishing" and the rape debacle at the University of Virginia in the Washington Post today, by T. Rees Shapiro.