Teen Held on $250K Bail on DYS Assault Charges

Philip Chism is charged with attacking a female DYS worker while awaiting his trial in the death of Colleen Ritzer

A teenager charged with killing his teacher was arraigned in court Wednesday on charges stemming from an assault on a Department of Youth Services worker and was held on $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors say 15-year-old Philip Chism assaulted a 29-year-old female staff member at the Metro Youth Services facility on Harvard Street in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on June 2. Co-workers allegedly heard her cries for help and broke up the assault after Chism followed her into the bathroom.

According to prosecution, the victim suffered injuries to her head, neck, face and back. Her shirt had a hole in it as well. Chism was carrying a pencil with him, which was allegedly used as a weapon.

The Danvers resident was charged with attempted murder by strangulation, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Chism used a court-appointed lawyer.

Chism previously pleaded not guilty to raping and murdering his teacher, Colleen Ritzer, at Danvers High School in October of 2013.

Chism can only be released to parents if his bail is posted. A pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 19. Chism does not have to appear.

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