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|“||Man, listen, the young ladies feel me. It's not my fault. If they wanna pleasure me, who am I to stop them?||„|
|~ Leon Tate rationalizing having sex with underage girls.|
Leon Tate is the secondary antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Rooftop". He is a sociopath who sleeps with underage girls without telling them that he is HIV-positive.
He was portrayed by Dorian Missick.
Tate was raised by his mother Alva, who tried to raise him right, but nevertheless failed to curb or control his apparently innate violence and cruelty. He began his criminal career when he was seven years old by torturing and killing neighborhood pets and setting fires, lifelong pastimes that resulted in him being arrested several times, and being diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathy.
Tate also had a predilection for sleeping with underage girls as young as 14. Detective Elliot Stabler of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit finally arrested him for forcing a young girl to perform oral sex on him, for which Tate served five years in prison. He contracted HIV while in prison, but that did not stop him from continuing to prey on underage girls once he was released.
Two weeks after being released from prison, Tate charms a 14-year-old girl into coming up with him to the rooftop of the apartment building he lives in with his mother to have sex. Before he can seduce her, however, Stabler and his partner, Detective Olivia Benson, who had been watching him since his release, arrest him for attempted statutory rape. They are ultimately forced to let him go, however, after the charges are dropped for lack of evidence.
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot tries to have Tate civilly committed as a dangerous sexual predator, but the judge in the case rules that he does not meet the criteria. Tate goes right back to preying on girls, even as Stabler keeps an eye on him, waiting to catch him reoffending.
When a teenage girl in Tate's neighborhood is raped, murdered, and set on fire, Stabler is convinced that Tate is responsible. He and Benson canvas the area around the crime scene looking for evidence Tate, only to find Tate himself inside his building's water tower, dead of a heroin overdose, hours after another dead girl turns up killed in the same way as the first. Medical examiner Melinda Warner finds that Tate could not have killed the latest victim, however, as he had died hours before her.
Stabler, Benson, and their fellow SVU detective Fin Tutuola eventually discover that serial killer Malik Harris is responsible for the murders, for which he is eventually found guilty and executed.