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He's ready, Evan.
~ Holt intimidating Evan into molesting a child.

Lawrence Holt is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Nocturne". He is a pedophile who uses his job as a piano teacher to sexually abuse young boys.

He was portrayed by Kent Broadhurst.

Biography

Holt is a wealthy piano teacher in his late fifties who instructs young boys in his low-income neighborhood, and is considered a pillar of his community for giving his students a chance to get out of poverty. Behind that façade, however, lies a dark side, as Holt is a pedophile who sexually abuses his students and makes pornographic videos of himself and his victims. He has an adult son, Lawrence, Jr., but does not abuse him; his victims of preference are pre-pubescent, African-American boys.

One of Holt's long-term students, and victims, is a boy named Evan, whom he began teaching and abusing when he was nine years old. Holt abuses Evan until he is a teenager, and manipulates him into believing that what he is doing to him is normal and will even help him become a better pianist. Over the years, Evan becomes a first-rate pianist, but is so emotionally damaged by the abuse that he cannot form normal relationships. When Evan turns twenty, Holt has him sit in on a lesson with his newest victim, and intimidates him into sexually abusing the boy as well.

"Nocturne"

When Holt drops off a roll of film that includes semi-nude pictures of a boy, the photo processor calls the Special Victims Unit. Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler arrest Holt for possession of child pornography, and find dozens of video tapes of Holt abusing children. They interview people in the community to find his other victims, and eventually talk to Evan, who is in complete denial about the abuse he suffered. When the detectives show him the video of Holt molesting him, however, Evan starts to cry, and admits what Holt did to him.

While preparing the case against Holt, however, Stabler and detective John Munch discover a tape revealing the abuse Evan committed at Holt's direction. Since Evan is the key witness against Holt, the district attorney's office wants to take it easy on him, but the victim's father demands that he be punished. Evan finally realizes that he did something wrong and that what he himself suffered does not excuse it, and so willingly goes to prison so he won't become like his abuser. Holt, meanwhile, is sentenced to one-hundred and fifty years in prison.

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