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'I'm not some kingpin': Jeremy Meeks, 'hot mugshot guy', responds to online attention

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Michael Koziol

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An image of Meeks with his son was attached to an online fundraising page.

An image of Meeks with his son was attached to an online fundraising page. Photo: Facebook

Bad news for fans of California prison stud Jeremy Meeks - he's married with a 3-year-old child, it has been revealed.

Meeks, whose 'dreamy' mugshot went viral last week, told local TV he had been informed about his newfound internet fame by his wife.

"I appreciate [the attention] but I just want you to know this is not me, I'm not some kingpin," he told News10, a California news network.

A photo of Meeks with his mother, Katherine Angier, was also posted to the online fundraising page.

A photo of Meeks with his mother, Katherine Angier, was also posted to the online fundraising page. Photo: Facebook

Meeks' chiselled jaw and light blue eyes caught the world's attention when his mugshot was posted online by the Stockton Police Department. Since then it has appeared in a number of photoshopped memes, including ads for Calvin Klein and Givenchy. Several fan communities have popped up on Facebook, the largest of which has more than 126,000 'likes'.

The 30-year-old reportedly spent nine years in prison for 'grand theft' and has previously been involved in violent criminal gangs including the Northside Gangster Crips. He has been charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, carrying a loaded weapon in public and street gang activity.

Police stopped Meeks as he was driving a car with two passengers away from a house that was due to be searched as part of an FBI anti-gang operation.

The 'hot mugshot' that started it all: Jeremy Meeks.

The 'hot mugshot' that started it all: Jeremy Meeks. Photo: Stockton Police Department

“A search of the passenger compartment yielded a 9mm round of ammunition and a small amount of what is believed to be marijuana," police said.

“A search of the trunk located an unregistered and loaded Springfield Armory .45 caliber XD(M) semi-automatic handgun along with two extended magazines for the firearm.”

Mother Katherine Angier is now asking for money online to support her son, having so far raised $2680 from a goal of $25,000.

"Please help. My son was taken into custody on his way to work," she wrote. "He is a working man with a son. He is being stereotyped due to old tattoos...please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."

While no doubt many women and men would be interested in bailing Meeks out, at $900,000 it won't come cheaply.

Meeks' wife is furious and upset, according to Simone Johnson, a friend quoted by CBS local news. His brother, Bryan Varela, said Meeks is "a man who learns from his mistakes".

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