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Teen Accused Of Danvers Teacher’s Slaying Indicted In Attack On DYS Staffer

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Philip Chism in court January 30, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Philip Chism in court January 30, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A 15-year-old charged in the murder of his Danvers High School teacher has been indicted in an assault on a staffer at a Department of Youth Services facility in June.

Philip Chism allegedly tried to strangle a female staff member at the Metro Youth Services facility on Harvard Street in Dorchester on June 2.

According to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, Chism is accused of following the staffer into a bathroom and assaulting her until co-workers heard her cries for help and stopped him.

He is charged with attempted murder by strangulation, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The youthful offender indictment opens Chism’s case to the public and exposes him to penalties up to and including those faced by adult defendants if convicted, the district attorney’s office said.

A date has not yet been set for Chism’s arraignment on the charges.

In December, Chism pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in the Oct. 22 killing of his high school math teacher, Colleen Ritzer. The popular teacher’s body was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, “I hate you all.”

Chism is charged in the murder as an adult.

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