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March 22, 1996 | Janet Wiscombe, Special to the Times
In the years since the Spur Posse sex scandal propelled her family into the headlines, Dottie Belman has gone from feeling like a total failure as a mother to feeling pretty good about her life. With an ebullient grin, she gestures at the view from her $67,000 Lakewood condo: a garden of connecting ponds and gurgling brooks. "Look at this place," she effuses, "I feel like I live in Disneyland." The exuberance is short-lived. The smile fades.
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April 20, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury struggled for nearly seven days before pronouncing a Riverside man guilty of first-degree murder for shooting a stranger to death during a confrontation amid a Fourth of July melee last year in Huntington Beach. Esteban Quiroz Jr., 22, who contended he fired the gun in self-defense, faces 30 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 24. He had been free on bail but was taken into custody immediately after the verdict.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994
A man alleged to be a founder of the infamous Spur Posse at Lakewood High School was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for burglary. Dana Belman, 20, of Lakewood, was convicted late last year. Belman and his friends, most of them students at Lakewood High, touched off a national furor last spring when stories surfaced of their sexual escapades, including alleged harassment of female students and keeping score of sexual encounters.
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March 22, 1996 | Janet Wiscombe, Special to the Times
In Lakewood, Gina Day is still scorned, still punished with the stings and stabs of contempt. Four years ago, at age 16, she says, she was raped by a Spur Posse member. And then she did something unacceptable, something that marked her as a Bad Girl. She told. The assault occurred, Day says, when her attacker invited her outside to talk after both attended a meeting at the same Catholic church where she had been baptized. The next day, she called the police from school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1995
A young man slain in a confrontation with three Riverside County men during Fourth of July rioting in Huntington Beach had been a member of the notorious Lakewood Spur Posse in 1993, officials said Thursday. Christopher Albert, 21, once a popular athlete at Lakewood High School, was never arrested as a member of the Spur Posse, but he acknowledged a longtime membership in the group.
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March 30, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL and SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying they have been bullied for too long by the Spur Posse, about 200 parents and students packed a Lakewood community center Monday to condemn the band of mostly teen-age boys accused of raping or molesting girls. "People are upset. People are angry. I just wish they would have gotten angry a long time ago," said a former Lakewood High School student who said a member of the Spur Posse raped her more than a year ago.
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July 22, 1993 | BOB SIPCHEN, Bob Sipchen's Magazines column is published Thursdays.
"No!" you shout, choking back a shell-shocked sob. You close your eyes and clap your palms against your ears, chanting: "No more Spur Posse stories! No more Spur Posse stories!" But wait! LISTEN! This one's by Joan Didion, California's unofficial journalist laureate in exile (New York). And it's in the New Yorker, so it's probably chock full o' redeeming social significance!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL and TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Five days after their arrest on suspicion of committing rape or other sex crimes, at least four teen-age members of the "Spur Posse" returned to Lakewood High School on Tuesday to a heroes' welcome, while embattled school administrators tried to restore order to a campus mockingly being referred to as "Rapewood."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995
A judge Thursday ordered two men to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a Lakewood High School "Spur Posse" member who gained national attention in 1993 through appearances on television talk shows. Esteban Quiroz Jr., 22, of Riverside, is charged with murdering Christopher Albert, 21, during a Fourth of July melee in Huntington Beach. Roy Becerra, 22, of Corona, is charged as an accessory.
NEWS
July 8, 1995 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many a reckless youth, Christopher Albert loved to party, chase women and even join in a good fistfight, now and then. That attitude carried Albert to a few flickering moments of national notoriety two years ago, when the stocky, freewheeling athlete hit the national talk shows to discuss his membership in the "Spur Posse," the audacious band of Lakewood High School students who awarded themselves points for every sexual conquest.
NEWS
March 22, 1996 | Janet Wiscombe, Special to the Times
Every now and then, just for laughs, Mike Weber and some of his fellow Spur Posse alums get together to watch the tapes of their exploits on national TV. "Back then, we were young cocky punks, plain and simple," says the 20-year-old, who three years ago talked with bravado about his sex-for-points conquests at Lakewood High School. "We weren't as bad as people said. Half of what we said was for show. We did do points, but we weren't exploiting people."
NEWS
March 22, 1996 | Janet Wiscombe, Special to the Times
In the years since the Spur Posse sex scandal propelled her family into the headlines, Dottie Belman has gone from feeling like a total failure as a mother to feeling pretty good about her life. With an ebullient grin, she gestures at the view from her $67,000 Lakewood condo: a garden of connecting ponds and gurgling brooks. "Look at this place," she effuses, "I feel like I live in Disneyland." The exuberance is short-lived. The smile fades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995
A judge Thursday ordered two men to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a Lakewood High School "Spur Posse" member who gained national attention in 1993 through appearances on television talk shows. Esteban Quiroz Jr., 22, of Riverside, is charged with murdering Christopher Albert, 21, during a Fourth of July melee in Huntington Beach. Roy Becerra, 22, of Corona, is charged as an accessory.
NEWS
July 8, 1995 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many a reckless youth, Christopher Albert loved to party, chase women and even join in a good fistfight, now and then. That attitude carried Albert to a few flickering moments of national notoriety two years ago, when the stocky, freewheeling athlete hit the national talk shows to discuss his membership in the "Spur Posse," the audacious band of Lakewood High School students who awarded themselves points for every sexual conquest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1995
A young man slain in a confrontation with three Riverside County men during Fourth of July rioting in Huntington Beach had been a member of the notorious Lakewood Spur Posse in 1993, officials said Thursday. Christopher Albert, 21, once a popular athlete at Lakewood High School, was never arrested as a member of the Spur Posse, but he acknowledged a longtime membership in the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994
A man alleged to be a founder of the infamous Spur Posse at Lakewood High School was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for burglary. Dana Belman, 20, of Lakewood, was convicted late last year. Belman and his friends, most of them students at Lakewood High, touched off a national furor last spring when stories surfaced of their sexual escapades, including alleged harassment of female students and keeping score of sexual encounters.
NEWS
April 6, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL and SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The bomb--made from an eight-inch length of pipe--was detonated on a porch at 3 in the morning. The force shattered the tranquil night near Lakewood High School, blowing out windows, knocking down a porch stanchion and punching holes in the home's beige stucco large enough to reach a fist through. "It was intended to kill," concluded Sgt. Larry Crookshanks of the Los Angeles County sheriff's arson-explosives detail, who learned that the Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with evidence that came to light only after a blitz of nationwide publicity, prosecutors Tuesday filed two new felony sexual assault charges in the Lakewood High School "Spur Posse" case--this time involving an alleged incident four years ago. The filing accuses a member of the group, whose members kept score of their sexual conquests, of forcibly molesting a 13-year-old girl in 1989, when he was 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1993
A member of Lakewood's "Spur Posse" was ordered Wednesday to work 100 hours of community service as part of a six-month informal probation in connection with charges of lewd conduct with a minor. Kris Belman, now 18, was charged with two counts of lewd conduct for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl when he was 14. Belman is a member of a group that gained national attention for keeping a tally of their sexual conquests.
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July 28, 1993 | NORMAN F. McFARLAND, The Most Rev. Norman F. McFarland is the bishop of Orange. This is excerpted from the July issue of the diocesan newspaper the Bulletin. and
To ask people to direct an occasional thought toward sex might strike one as rather strange in an age so sex-obsessed that we can rightly wonder if much else is ever thought about. But that is precisely the point; the typical modern person hardly ever thinks about sex: "He dreams of it, of course, by day and night; he craves for it; he pictures it; is stimulated or depressed by it, drools over it. But this frothing, steaming activity is not thinking. . . .
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