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Prosecutors: Man tortured, killed rodents and posted acts on YouTube

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Michael Semens (Photo from Chicago Police) Michael Semens (Photo from Chicago Police)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago man accused of torturing and killing a mouse and rat and posting the acts on YouTube told a Cook County judge Saturday he works in "garbage" and often collects rodents, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Michael Semens, 24, allegedly posted one video showing him cutting off a portion of a live rat's tail and later cut off both of the rat's ears with surgical scissors, according to a police report.

A second video showed Semens Tasing a live mouse on a glue trap until it was dead, police said.

When police arrested him Friday, he told police, "I know I messed up. I shouldn't have done it," according to a police report.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Saturday allowed Semens to be released on a $10,000 individual recognizance bond but he must remain on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial.

Before setting the bond, Panarese asked Semens what he did for a living: "I literally work in garbage. If I see a rat, I catch it," Semens said.

Semens, of the 2100 block of West 22nd Place, has no criminal history. Upon his arrest, he told police the nine-volt Taser used in the video was in his girlfriend's purse.

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