The 10th season of the police procedural / legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 23, 2008 and ended June 2, 2009 on NBC. It was the last season of the show to occupy the Tuesday 10:00 p.m. timeslot.
When a seven-year-old boy steals a van to get away from abusive foster parents, it's the first string that will begin unraveling a cold case where a serial rapist uses the womens' biggest vulnerability to keep them passive. Meanwhile, Stabler's investigation into his stolen credit card reveals a surprising suspect, the new ADA introduces herself, and Olivia's flashbacks to her assault leave her distracted at work.
When Eric, a teenage boy comes into the precinct to confess his sexual feelings towards his younger stepbrother, Stabler and Benson aren't sure exactly how to handle this because no crime has been committed. When they find out Eric is missing they must find him before a crime is committed.
Elliot's investigation into a robbery leads him to a family member, and to save her he must bridge the distance with his estranged mother.
The murder of an astronaut points to a serial rapist, but when the trail turns cold Elliot asks for help from an old friend who may further muddy the clues.
A baby with AIDS pulls Benson and Stabler into an investigation whose rules they're not familiar with, requiring Dr. Warner to lend her expertise uncovering a clinic dealing in bogus cures and murder.
When a teenager is burned to death, Stabler and Munch find themselves at a close-knit high school investigating two groups: one composed of teenage girls who have formed a pregnancy pact, and the other whose members have organized their purity vows into a chastity circle.
When an exotic bird is found dead in the bag of a viciously murdered woman, all evidence leads to an animal smuggling ring, but Stabler's already strained marriage may collapse when he agrees to go undercover with Olivia to break the ring.
All of Benson and Stabler's work exposing the truth surrounding a false rape report may be lost when the victim recants her testimony, and Olivia's attempt to keep her safe exposes a deeper and deadlier secret.
The death of a marine who was pregnant by a rapist puts the unit at odds with the Pentagon when they fight to keep the case, and Benson's flashbacks of her own assault may further impede the investigation.
A beaten and raped woman who has no memory of what happened to her puts Benson and Stabler on the trail of a serial rapist, but when women refuse to testify Olivia will have to face how her assault has affected her job performance.
A girl who vanished at age 14, four years ago, reappears with a tale of imprisonment and sexual slavery, but Benson and Stabler find themselves on an odd fact-finding journey as they try to piece together her story and resolve the discrepancies.
A teenager's body is found in the Hudson, triggering a search for her identity, and an undercover assignment for Benson as a madam. But once the girl's name is known, even more mysteries unfold leaving Fin to find the missing piece.
The clues to a kidnapped girl's location are locked inside an Alzheimer's victim's brain, and Dr. Huang will need all his skill to give the detectives any hope of finding her before it's too late.
Benson and Stabler investigate the case of a man who was found in the parking lot of a strip club, badly beaten and with no memory of how it happened.
A pediatrician convicted of molesting his patients is found murdered after threatening a countersuit against his medical practice and the police department, and while investigating his claims along with motives for his killing Stabler and Benson run into former ADA Cabot who has her own reason for involving herself in the case.
A single murder suddenly turns into a scene with three bodies, leaving Benson and Stabler to work with a strip club owner to find a murderer whose motive may be more about righteousness than perversity.
Sergeant Munch investigates the brutal rape and beating of a young mute girl, but things become tricky when her drawing of the devil who attacked her resembles a local priest who may not be practicing his beliefs according to canon.
A turf war ensues when Stabler and Tutuola link an artist's murder to a serial killer, and the detective assigned to that case focuses more on their involvement in an investigation he believes belongs solely to him than on identifying the killer.
A woman reports her granddaughter missing, starting a frustrating investigation that leaves Benson and Stabler suspecting the girl's flighty mother.
A teenage girl is found to have been physically abused when previous injuries are discovered after a fall at school. Elliot and Olivia discover that 'sexts' the victim took of herself were forwarded to all the students at her high school by an unknown person. The team are blindsided when the ruling judge sends the victim to a facility for juvenile sex offenders for producing child pornography and incarcerates Olivia and the victim's defense attorney for contempt of court.
A favor for a judge who is hearing a harassment case sends Stabler and Benson to interview a death-row serial killer in order to determine the fate of his son.
A murder in Central Park that involves a tourist puts the SVU on high alert, but when the suspect they've brought in for questioning escapes, Munch has to reach out to an ex-wife in an effort to prevent another killing that's closer to home.