Michael Ausiello
February 09, 2009 AT 10:03 PM EST

How’s this for a Law & Order twist: Benson and Stabler had a secret love affair 20 years ago that resulted in a son — and we’re about to meet him!

Just kidding… about the love child part.

While it’s true that SVU is welcoming a new, young male character — played by Noel Fisher, late of FX’s The Riches — he’s not the product of a torrid circa 80s B/S romp. Rather, sources confirm to me exclusively that Fisher has been cast as a rookie crime scene sleuth, a nerdy, eager beaver-type who is in awe of Benson and Stabler. 

He’s slated to appear in at least four episodes, the first of which will air in April.

Sorry about the bait-and-switchy lead, but there’s only so much you can do with “new crime scene guy,” you know?

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