|Occupation||Middle school principal|
Serial sexual assailant
|Family|| Unnamed husband|
Jason Rice (stepson)
Unborn child (status unspecified)
Unnamed grandfather (likely deceased)
Meredith Rice was a middle school principal who became a pedophile after getting a brain tumor and had an affair with a student.
Meredith was molested by her grandfather by the time she was eight. This trauma, along with a brain tumor, caused her to have sex with a student, Shane Madden, in a public restroom, not knowing the act was secretly being recorded. Shane was a willing victim as he had problems at home with his mother being an alcoholic and his father being absent. Thus he sought emotional refuge in his school principal, with whom he apparently fell in love, entered a physical relationship, and had unprotected sex with each other.
Meredith is arrested for molesting Shane, and she sexually assaulted Detective Elliot Stabler. After her arrest, three boys come forward and reveal Meredith molested them too (one was hugged and kissed while the other two were fondled) It is revealed that she is actually sick with a tumor that is causing her actions and she is horrified once it is removed. Similar cases have happened, and Dr. George Huang advises that based on related research, she is not legally guilty and will not re-offend unless the tumor returns. Casey Novak offers a deal where Rice gets probation if she agrees to register as a sex offender and keep away from Shane. Though her lawyer disagrees with her registering as a sex offender as it would prevent her from working with children again, Meredith agrees as she cares too much about the children to risk putting them in danger from her if the tumor returns. Shane, her under aged lover, was going through despair from this turn of events, and became greatly heartbroken as he thought they were indeed in love. Elliot assured him that he would get over this.
Everything seems to be fine, but then Meredith is arrested for violating her restraining order and approaching Shane. She reveals the shocking reason why; she is pregnant with Shane's baby and she thought he deserved to know. While being sent to jail, she laments on how this has made her lose everything: her job, her husband and her life. She then admits she wanted to have a baby of her own, but the circumstances led this being ironic. The status of her pregnancy afterwards is currently unknown. (SVU: "Head")