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|“||I was trying to help! You wanted someone to care, and that's what I did. I cared!||„|
|~ Bazinski rationalizing sexual abusing of his students.|
Donald Bazinski is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Catfishing Teacher". He is a high school wrestling coach who sexually abuses his male students.
He was portrayed by Michael Gaston.
Bazinski has been a high school wrestling coach for 16 years, and is a well-respected member of his community. Beneath that façade, however, he is a sexual predator who molests and rapes teenage boys.
Bazinski lures his latest intended victim, 15-year-old Zach Foster, by catfishing him with a fake sext from Phoebe Bernap, an English teacher who is sleeping with several of her students. When Zach shows up in Times Square where "Phoebe" asked him to meet her, Bazinski picks him up in his car, claiming to have been passing by. He takes Zach to his cabin in Upstate New York and gives him a drugged beer. When Zach passes out, Bazinski takes him to bed and performs oral sex on him.
When Zach's parents report him missing, the Special Victims Unit arrests Bernap on suspicion of kidnapping him. She admits to having sex with underage boys, but denies kidnapping Zach and implicates Bazinski, having heard rumors of his sexual predation. Lieutenant Olivia Benson goes to Bazinski's cabin and arrests him after finding Zach in his bed. Sergeant Mike Dodds and Detective Fin Tutuola interrogate Bazinski, who protests that he is helping his victims by giving them a father figure and an outlet for their adolescent energy. The case against him is challenged, however, when Zach's parents refuse to let him testify. The detectives find several other of Bazinski's victims, but they don't want to testify either.
After Bazinski is released on bail, one of his victims, Nate Phelps, kidnaps him and tries to torture a confession out of him. Phelps beats Bazinski until he admits the abuse, and records the confession. Phelps takes the recording into the SVU precinct to prove his abuser's guilt. Bazinski is taken to the hospital, but bleeds to death in the ambulance. Phelps is then arrested for murdering Bazinski.
- Mike Ciliento (kidnapped and raped)
- Enrique Familia (kidnapped and raped)
- Brendan Feeney (kidnapped and raped)
- Josh Marx (kidnapped and raped)
- Sam Moreau (kidnapped and raped)
- Dan Pangione (kidnapped and raped)
- Nat Phelps (kidnapped and raped)
- Zach Foster (kidnapped, drugged, forced to consume alcohol and raped; was rescued by authorities four days later)