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Chism Pleads Not Guilty to Rape Charge

The 15-year-old was indicted by a grand jury last week on the additional charge of aggravated rape.

Philip Chism (left) is charged with the murder of his high school math teacher Colleen Ritzer (right).
Philip Chism (left) is charged with the murder of his high school math teacher Colleen Ritzer (right).
By Les Masterson

Murder suspect Philip Chism pleaded not guilty on Thursday to an aggravated rape charge against him in connection with the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in October.

The 15-year-old was indicted by a grand jury last week on the additional charge of aggravated rape. Prosecutors said that Chism forcibly had sexual intercourse with the DHS teacher. 

He was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery on Dec. 4.

Investigators also obtained a warrant last week to search the teen’s phone for evidence, including possible images of the crime. Chism reportedly confessed to killing the teacher on the night that he allegedly killed Ritzer.

Here are the most recent Patch articles on the murder:

Investigators Say Chism Confessed to Murder of Teacher 

Chism Indicted on Additional Count of Rape in Ritzer Murder

Chism Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Murder Case, Remains Held 

Chism Arraigned Wednesday in Murder of Teacher Colleen Ritzer

Court Records Say Chism Left Note ‘I Hate You All’ Next to Victim’s Body 

Student Says Chism Upset By Teacher’s Mention of ‘Tennessee’

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