On the Law & Order: SVU episode “Catfishing Teacher,” a high school student named Travis falls for his high school teacher Phoebe Phelps. “When she follows through, it’s rape,” says Lt. Olivia Benson. Their affair leads to a missing teenager and the discovery that there are two predators at the same school. Benson leads a campus-wide manhunt which involves a wrestling coach.
The female teacher is portrayed by Kelli Barrett. She got her big break on the soap opera As the World Turns as Maddie Coleman in 2008. Since then she’s appeared on The Good Wife (Bianca Price), Ugly Betty (Trista), Person of Interest (Lily Thorpton), Chicago Fire (Renee Whaley), NCIS (Ruby Lemere), and Blue Bloods (Maryann Russell). Barrett is also recognized for her roles in the films Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Tommy’s mom), Confessions of a Shopaholic (Talking Mannequin), and The Switch (Roland’s wife Jessica). Fun fact: This isn’t Barrett’s first appearance on Law & Order SVU. In 2011, she played Dahlia Jessup in the episode “Flight.” Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9pm on NBC.