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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."


Bodybuilder Paid High Price For Big Muscles
Salt Lake Tribune 1Sep00 P2
By Janet Rae Brooks: Salt Lake Tribune


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