Villains Wiki
Advertisement
Villains Wiki
Warning.gif
Scarfaceinthefall.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

Sometimes boys just need to talk to a man.
~ Barnett justifying his sexual abuse of boys.

Roy Jonathan Burnett is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Guilt". He is a pedophile who preys on adolescent boys, eventually driving one of his victims to molest children himself and another to attempt suicide.

He was portrayed by Beau Gravitte.

Biography

Barnett has molested and raped at least 100 adolescent boys over several years. His M.O. is to befriend vulnerable boys - from single-parent families, shy, lonely, sexually confused, etc. - by posing as a big brother or father figure, and groom them for abuse by talking about sex and showing them pornography before finally abusing them. By then, his victims are so confused and filled with self-hatred that they don't report him. He also videotapes the abuse, and sends his victims copies to further confuse and manipulate them.

Once his victims outgrow his age preference, he manipulates them into bringing younger boys to "hang out" with him. One of his victims, Benjamin Tucker, grows up to become a child molester in his own right.

Barnett was caught a few times, but always managed to avoid prison by pleading to misdemeanor charges and agreeing to undergo therapy. During his therapy sessions, Barnett derived sexual pleasure by listening to his fellow molesters' stories of abusing their victims. The last therapist to try to help him realized that Barnett was an unrepentant predator whom no amount of therapy would change.

He began abusing Sam Cavanaugh when Sam was 12, and the abuse continued for four years until Sam finally told his mother, Linda, what Barnett was doing to him. Linda went to the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, who began investigating Barnett under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot.

"Guilt"

Cabot organizes a sting operation in which Sam, while wearing a wire, is to get Barnett to incriminate himself. Sam is confused by feelings of loyalty to Barnett, however, and tells him to run. He does, but the SVU detectives arrest him. Barnett claims that his relationship with Sam is completely innocent and that his prior convictions were "misunderstandings", but Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler see him for what he really is and resolve to make sure he goes to prison.

Cabot, meanwhile, tries to guide an increasingly fragile Sam through the process of testifying against Barnett. The pressure proves to be too much for Sam, who breaks down and calls Barnett, still struggling with his ambivalent feelings about his abuser. Barnett coldly rebuffs Sam and hangs up on him, which pushes Sam over the edge - he takes an overdose of aspirin that leaves him in a permanent coma.

Wracked with guilt, Cabot tries to salvage the case against Barnett, but with her main witness incapacitated, it looks increasingly likely that he will escape justice yet again. Determined to punish him, Cabot ultimately violates legal ethics by sending Benson and Stabler to search Linda Kavanaugh's house for Barnett's child porn tapes without securing a warrant, without the detectives' knowledge. She then uses a legal technicality to make sure the tapes are admitted into evidence. Cabot is reprimanded by the trial judge and her boss, Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly, who suspends her without pay for a month, but Barnett is nevertheless charged with and convicted of multiple felony counts of child molestation and child pornography. He is then presumably imprisoned for life.

External Links

Navigation

           Law & Order Logo.png Villains

Law & Order
Albert Lawrence Cheney | April Troost | Lorraine Dillon | Arthur Pruitt | Arthur Tunney | Dawn Sterling | Willard Tappen | Donald Shalvoy | Rita Shalvoy | Bud Greer | Edward Auster | Masucci Crime Family | Harv Biegel | Laura Di Biasi | Mitch Carroll | Melanie Cullen | Dena Carter | Phillip Swann | Diana Hawthorne | Thad Messimer | Dr. Diane Meade | Eileen Willick | Emma Kim | Frances Houston | Jenny Brandt | Ned Lasky | Gayle Janaway | Joseph Krolinsky | Jacob Lowenstein | Joyce Pollock | Dennis Pollock | Julia Veloso | Katherine Waxman | Leon Vorgitch | Liann Crosby | Mark Bruner | Molly Preston | Samantha Weaver | Simon Brooks | Stephanie Harker |

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Alana Gonzalez | Alec Bernardi | Alexa Pearson | Roger Pearson | Alexander Strizhov | Amelia Chase | Andre Bushido | Anna Mill | Anya Ragova | April Troost | Lorraine Dillon | Arthur Pruitt | Ash Gordon | Sean Albert | Austin Bates | Billy Tripley | Brent Latimer | Bridget "Birdie" Sulloway | Carlo Parisi | Brian Ackerman| Carl Vucelik | Clayton Mills | Chet Sulloway | Chris Carnasis | Christine Hartwell | Janis Donovan | Church of Wisdom and Sight | Dale Stuckey | Delia Wilson | Bart Ganzel | Dana Lewis | Gary Munson | Daniel Varney | Darius Parker | Malcolm Royce | Darryl Kern | Deacon Brinn | Sunny Quadri | Dean Reynolds | Deborah Latrell | Denise Cormier | Denise Pikering | Dennis Caufield | Dr. Carl Rudnick | Dr. Nicole Keller | Edgar Noone | Edward Crandall | Elaine Frye Cavanaugh | Emily McCooper | Emma Spevak | Eric Byers | Eric Lutz | Eric Plummer | Erik Weber | Eugene Hoff | Frank Martin | Gary Rosten | Gideon Hutton | Gloria Montero | Gordon Rickett | Grace Rinato | Graham Winger | Harry Waters | Harvey Denis | Heather Parcell | Heather Riggs | Henry Mesner | Holden March | Ingrid Block | Orville Underwood | Jaina Jansen | Jake Berlin | Jake O'Hara | Jake the Kidnapper | Jaleel Amir | Jamie Huntington | Jason Mayberry | Grace Mayberry | Jimmy G. | Jiya Alexander | Joe Blaine | John Conway | John Fenwick | Johnny D. | Joseph Serumaga | Judge Hilda Marsden | K.O.B.S | Katie Cavanaugh | Kenneth Cleary | Kevin O'Donnell | Larry Moore | Laurel Linwood | Lauren Cooper | Lawrence Holt | Liam Connors | Lloyd Andrews | Louise Durning | Lowell Harris | Lucas Biggs | Luke Mitchell | Maggie Peterson | Mark Foster | Mark Ocurro | Marta Stevens | Martin Schultz | Matthew Brodus | Max Matarazzo | Merritt Rook | Michelle Osborne | Miguel Lopez | Mike D. | Miriam Penner | Missy Kurtz | Neil Alexander | Nikki Hallander | Noah Sibert | Orlando McTeer | Pam Adler | Paula Foster | Peggy Bernardi | Perry Moncaldo | Peter Harrison | Peter Ridley | Phoebe Bernap | Professor Rousseau | Ray Gunther | Malik Harris | Richard Finley | Richard White | Ricky Blaine | Riley Couger | Riley Porter | Rob Miller | Robert Morten | Robert Sidarsky | Roy Barnett | Ryan Quinn | Sadie Parker | Sal Avelino | Saleh Amir | Sam Conway | Scott Dayton | Scott Heston | Sean Kelley | Sean Webster | Sheila Porter | Sheldon Kerrick | Stefan Tanzic | Teddy Winnock | Terri Banes | Tim Stanton | Tony Kelly | Victor Paul Gitano | Walter Burlock | William Lewis |

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Christine Mayfield | Christine Wilkes | Dennis Griscom | Danielle McCaskin | Dr. Katrina Pynchon | Mark Ford Brady | Elise Garrett | Harry Rowan, Sr. | Evan Chapel | Ella Miyazaki | Jo Gage | John Tagman | Edwin Lindgard | Dani Hasni | Paul Devildes | Trudy Pomeranski | Declan Gage | Gerry Rankin | Charles Webb | Johnny Feist | Dede McCann | Barry Freeburg | Karl Atwood | Jack Crawley | James Bennett | Chesley Watkins | Kathy Jarrow | Nicole Wallace | Frank McNare | Didier Foucault | Axel Kaspers | Bernard Fremont | Conroy "Connie" Smith | Tammy Mills

Law & Order: LA
Monica Jarrow | Valerie Roberts

Law & Order: Organized Crime
Diego Morales | Richard Wheatley

Others
Dr. Greg Yates |

Advertisement