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I like boys and girls. They're pretty much the same at that age - no grass on the field.
~ Roy Lee Dotson bragging about sexually abusing children.

Roy Lee Dotson is the secondary antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Liberties". He is a serial killer and pedophile who is on death row for raping and murdering several children.

He was portrayed by the late Victor Arnold.


Dotson is a pedophile who derives sadistic pleasure from raping and murdering pre-pubescent children of both sexes. He used his job as a long-haul trucker to kidnap children in several states, rape and torture them, and finally murder them. He had murdered dozens of children by the time he was caught and sentenced to death in 1986.

Even from death row, he manages to inflict pain and misery on the families of his victims by withholding the locations of their children's bodies for as long as possible, stringing them along until can get something in return. He begins divulging more information after he is diagnosed with terminal emphysema, requiring him to use an oxygen tank. By 2009, he is dying, and has only one crime left to confess, the kidnapping and apparent murder of Marshall Koehler, the son of Judge Alan Koehler.


Desperate to find out what happened to his son, Judge Koehler asks Special Victims Unit detective Elliot Stabler to get Dotson to confess; he believes that Stabler, who has a history of going right to the edge of excessive force when dealing with pedophiles, will be able to beat the location of Marshall's body out of Dotson. Stabler agrees, and arranges a meeting with Dotson at Ossining Correctional Facility, where Dotson is serving his sentence in critical condition.

Stabler at first tries to convince Dotson that it would feel good to die with a clean conscience, but Dotson remains defiant. He insists that he does not fear death or divine punishment, even saying that he is looking forward to going to hell with "all those unchristened babies". He then brags about his crimes, saying that raping Marshall was like "making love to a big squeaky toy".

Disgusted and out of patience, Stabler resorts to rougher measures, cutting off the oxygen to Dotson's tank. Dotson, terrified and in pain, begs Stabler to restore the oxygen, but Stabler refuses. Finally, Dotson agrees to tell him. After Stabler turns the oxygen back on, Dotson tells him that he buried Marshall in a nearby swimming pool.

However, it turns out that Dotson is lying, as while he did bury one of his victims there, it is not Marshall, because he did not kill Marshall, as the boy was in fact kidnapped by child molester Gregory Brunson, who renamed him Tyler, raised him as his son, and sexually abused him until he moved out at 16. Koehler learns that Tyler, who is before his court on charges of facilitating the rape of his ex-girlfriend, is in fact his son, and gets him to admit that Brunson abused him. He then beats Brunson nearly to death. Dotson, meanwhile, is exonerated of Marshall's murder, and presumably dies in prison of emphysema.

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