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Abraham Ofinian/Eugene Hoff is a con artist and pedophile using religion as a front to scam innocent victims among his followers. He has fathered an unborn child with twelve year old Melanie in order to steal her inheritance and is on the run with her from the authorities. He is also wanted in connection with the murder of a number of children from his religious flock. It is up to Detective Olivia Benson and the rest of the Special Victim's Unit to bring in Ofinian/Hoff before more tragedy happens.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x7
Production Number: E5206
Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Jun 22, 2010

Guest Stars
Ali RezaAli Reza
As Dr. Rohit Mehta
Angel DesaiAngel Desai
As CSU Technician
Elizabeth FlaxElizabeth Flax
As ER Nurse Carey Hutchins
Emilio Del PozoEmilio Del Pozo
As Duty Captain Claros
John KnoxJohn Knox
As Clerk
Kevin JiggettsKevin Jiggetts
As Officer Green
Margaret ReedMargaret Reed
As Sarah's Attorney
Michael CullenMichael Cullen
As Detective Stu MacKenzie
Tamara TunieTamara Tunie
As Dr. Melinda Warner, M.E.
William H. BurnsWilliam H. Burns
As Officer Robbins
Bruce NorrisBruce Norris
As Reggie
Christopher DurhamChristopher Durham
As Carl Buchman
Holliston ColemanHolliston Coleman
As Melanie Cramer
Jeff KoberJeff Kober
As Abraham / Eugene Hoff
John OrtizJohn Ortiz
As Officer Zermeño
Laura SametzLaura Sametz
As Simone Buchman
Marva GrandyMarva Grandy
As Woman #2
Melissa RoccoMelissa Rocco
As Janie Buchman
Munson HicksMunson Hicks
As Reverend Tucker
Peter MaloneyPeter Maloney
As Geoffrey Downs
Rachel FowlerRachel Fowler
As Woman #3
Shannon CochranShannon Cochran
As Cindy Cramer / Sarah Ophion
Tenaja WilliamsTenaja Williams
As Pregnant Teenager

Steven ZirnkiltonSteven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration
Main Cast
Christopher MeloniChristopher Meloni
As Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
As Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
As Sergeant John Munch
As Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Diane NealDiane Neal
As Assistant D.A. Casey Novak
B.D. WongB.D. Wong
As Dr. George Huang
Dann FlorekDann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen


A twelve-year-old girl (Melanie) is admitted to the hospital with late term pregnancy complications. The SVU detectives are called because of the obvious situation. Detective Olivia Benson questions Melanie and discovers that the little girl is part of a religious cult and is "married" to the leader, Abraham Ofinian, the father of the child she is carrying. Benson finally persuades Melanie to give her the address of her home and goes there to question Ofinian about the situation. Benson is greeted at the door of the Ofinian residence by several young children and finally by Ofinian, himself. He refuses to speak with Benson and slams the door in her face. Seconds later, shots are fired at Benson and the uniformed officers with her. Benson calls for back-up and then shots are heard fired within the home, itself. The other SVU detectives arrive, along with a special team to enter the Ofinian residence, break down the door. The sight that greets them is one of abject horror. Four young children lay shot to death, along with two older, teenage girls. Ofinian has disappeared and it is later learned, he escaped through a tunnel under the residence that led to an abandoned building.
Back at he police station, the SVU detectives undergo evaluation by Dr. Wong. It is decided that Benson's partner, Elliot Stabler, will be taken off the case for psychological reasons and Finn removes himself from the case. Benson fears she will also be removed, instead, is made lead detective. Evidence found at the scene indicates that Ofinian was also running a con game with forged checks and that his real identity is one, Eugene Hoff. Hoff built up his flock of cult followers from a church he used to attend and after talking to former members, the detectives find that Hoff eliminated all the men from his following and kept around only the women. Further investigation leads the detectives to the bank where Hoff is cashing the forged checks. It is also found that Hoff has a partner inside the bank. Hoff's partner tells the detective when he is next to come in and detectives set up a trap to catch him. Hoff arrives at the bank and is captured by the SVU detectives after a half-hearted suicide attempt.
Under interrogation, Hoff admits to nothing and his attorney has him freed. It is found that he cannot be held on any charges. The dead children in the house were shot by one of the older teenage girls, who then had turned the gun on herself. Hoff walks out of the station a free man. Sarah, Melanie's mother has been captured by now and is questioned by Benson. She finally reveals where Hoff may be hiding after Benson proves to her that Hoff murdered her husband years before. Hoff, having taken Melanie from the hospital, is on the run with her. Melanie is due to inherit a fortune from her grandparents when her first child is born. Hoff impregnated Melanie for this reason. He now plans to keep Melanie until their child is born and then claim the inheritance. Detective Benson and the squad have other plans for Hoff.
Finding Hoff's hiding place, the detectives also find Melanie. She is frightened and with a gun given to her by Hoff, she wounds one of the officers there. Benson is trying to get the gun away from Melanie when Hoff comes in and tells her to shoot Benson. Melanie is caught between Benson and Hoff, until Hoff makes the mistake of saying that he is greater than God. Melanie then shoots Hoff and gives the gun to Benson saying, that no one is greater than God...

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Episode Notes
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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerNeal Baer  |  Ted Kotcheff  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Dick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerRoz Weinman  |  Lisa Marie Petersen  |  Michele Fazekas  |  Patrick Harbinson  |  Dawn DeNoon  |  Tara Butters  |  Jonathan Greene  |  Arthur W. Forney
Supervising ProducerRandy Roberts
ProducerPeter Leto  |  David DeClerque
Co-ProducerJose Molina  |  Amanda Green  |  Gail Barringer
Associate ProducerSheyna Kathleen Smith
Production DesignerDean Taucher
EditorKaren I. Stern
CastingLynn Kressel  |  Jonathan Strauss
Unit Production ManagerGail Barringer
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyGeoffrey Erb
Story EditorRoger Wolfson
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