Philip Chism indicted for attempted murder of DYS worker in Dorchester

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Philip Chism has pleaded not guilty to murdering and raping his Danvers High School teacher in 2013. He is also charged with attacking a female DYS worker while in custody in Dorchester.
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A teen accused of raping and murdering his Danvers High School teacher was indicted for allegedly trying to kill a female Department of Youth Services worker while in custody.

Philip Chism, 15, of Danvers, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of attempted murder by strangulation, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Chism allegedly followed the 29-year-old female staffer at the Metro Youth Services facility in Dorchester into the bathroom last month and assaulted her, the district attorney’s office said. Co-workers heard the woman’s cries and helped her.

Chism was indicted as a youthful offender, meaning his case is open to the public and he faces penalties that an adult would face.

In 2013, when he was 14, Chism allegedly killed 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer of Andover and disposed of her body behind the school. He has pleaded not guilty.

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