14-Year-Old Indicted for Rape and Murder of High School Teacher

The Massachusetts teen allegedly killed a 24-year-old teacher after stealing her phone, credit cards, and underwear

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Philip Chism, 14, stands during his arraignment for the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer as his attorney Denise Regan, right, speaks on his behalf in Salem District Court in Boston, October 23, 2013.

Philip Chism, 14, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in relation to the death of 24-year-old teacher Colleen Ritzer last month.

Chism was allegedly armed with a box cutter when he robbed her of an iPhone, credit cards, and her underwear. Police say she was sexually assaulted with a foreign object and was killed in the bathroom of Danvers High School in Massachusetts after class let out October 22. Her body was found in the woods behind the school.

“The indictments returned today detail horrific and unspeakable acts,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement.

Chism is being tried as an adult and is being held without bail. He entered a not-guilty plea to the first-degree murder charge on October 23. A court date hasn’t been set.

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