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Accused felon wins modeling contract after mugshot goes viral

A handsome man's mugshot goes viral, many fall in love, and now he's offered $30,000 for more shots.

Looks are everything. Stockton Police Department

The Web doesn't bring out the worst in people. Truly, it doesn't.

It merely allows all the feelings, foibles, and fetishes of humanity to emerge more quickly and find like minds in the midst of the Hieronymus Bosch mass of existence.

Why not marvel, therefore, at the fall and rise of Jeremy Meeks?

Should you have been living in a swamp with Floridian crocodiles for the last two weeks, you may not know that Meeks' mugshot went, as they say, viral.

Why did it do so? Because he's ineffably handsome. So ineffably handsome that this photograph of a man accused of 11 felonies and currently being held on a $900,000 bond has been "liked" on Facebook more than 100,000 times.

As far as I am aware, this is not some psychological experiment cooked up by Facebook to attract positive publicity for its troubled service. This was merely a routine posting to the site by the Stockton, Calif., police department.

This one image, however, has secured Meeks an agent and a reported offer of $30,000 to model.

Meeks was arrested last month. Police allegedly found a pistol in the trunk of his car. He is currently being held on charges that include "street terrorism." He is also being held on felony weapon charges. Already a convicted felon, it may well be that Meeks is consistently unlucky.

However, his new agent, Gina Rodriguez, told Fox News: "If this was a different situation, like if someone was actually hurt or there was violence involved, I definitely would not be taking him on. But we don't know Jeremy's full story yet, and I don't feel like he got a fair break."

I always thought that where felons and guns were involved there was always the possibility of violence. Perhaps I have merely watched too much "Nancy Grace."

What is clear, however, is that Santa Monica, Calif.-based Blaze Models has already offered him a contract. Apparently, he isn't merely gorgeous, but, as the Daily Mail reports, his tattoos contribute to this gorgeousness.

And all this because people such as Veronica Salcedo went onto the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page and declared: "Mama I'm inlove (sic) with a Criminal."

You see, the Web can knock you down, destroy your reputation, and ruin your self-esteem. But just look how it can change your life in the blink of a camera shutter.