Fourteen-year-old Philip Chism, who was arrested for the murder of 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer last month, was indicted in a Massachusetts court today on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.
According to a statement by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, “[t]he indictments returned today detail horrific and unspeakable acts. This is the first step in a long process to secure justice for Ms. Ritzer and her family.”
In the indictment, Chism is alleged to have confronted Ritzer with a box cutter and forced her to hand over credit cards, her iPhone and her panties. He then not only raped Ritzer, but sexually assaulted her with an object before killing her.
He was arrested by police while walking home from a movie later that same day.
Chism will face the murder charge as an adult. The other charges will initially be handled by the Salem Juvenile Court, though prosecutors have the option of joining the youthful offender charges to the murder indictment later.
Watch video of the suspect in court below.