Summarized by Janus Wilkinson
LDS Bodybuilder Struggles to Recover from Muscle-Building Steroids
OGDEN, UTAH -- This is a rather lengthy article about convicted felon
Lance Batchelor. Batchelor, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints was arrested by federal agents in a pre-dawn raid
at his Ogden home in March 1998, and eventually convicted on federal
charges related to selling anabolic steroids.
Batchelor, 32, was a dedicated bodybuilder since his teens, and
says he didn't believe that selling muscle-building hormones to gym
pals would ever land him in prison. The article details some of the
struggles Batchelor has had in adjusting to prison life and now since
his release, making meaning of his new life.
While in prison, he signed up for a business computer course offered
through Eastern Arizona College. He took on prison bookkeeping
responsibilities and counseled with teens in a troubled-youth
program. He was able to carry a 4.0 grade-point average in courses in
macroeconomics, history and philosophy.
These days, he works as a trainer in a Scottsdale gym where, he says
that since being in prison, he has discovered the dangers of using
steroids. "I'm the one fighting for honesty and integrity, and I'm
the one who's in prison," he said. "I feel like I don't belong in the
world half the time. My way of thinking just seems to be off-center,
but to me it makes sense."
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