Philip Chism faces new rape charge in Colleen Ritzer murder

14-year-old Philip Chism is charged as an adult in the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer during his arraignment in Salem District Court. Credit: Nicolous Czarnecki/Metro
Philip Chism, 15, is charged as an adult in the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He is seen during his arraignment in Salem District Court. Credit: Nicolous Czarnecki/Metro

The Danvers High School teen accused of raping and killing his 24-year-old math teacher will be in court Thursday to answer to an additional rape charge in the case.

Philip Chism, 15, has pleaded not guilty during his previous arraignments on rape, murder and other charges. Authorities said he killed 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Andover, his math teacher, in October.

Chism was 14 when the alleged attack took place. Last week, Essex County prosecutors recalled the grand jury, which returned a youthful offender indictment charging Chism with aggravated rape after authorities presented additional evidence.

A grand jury indicted Chism on the initial charges in November and he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last month.

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