You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Philip Chism to be held in tighter security

Phillip Chism, 15, is charged as an adult in Essex Superior Court with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape for the Oct. 22, 2013, killing of Colleen Ritzer.

AP/The Eagle-Tribune, Paul Bilodeau, Pool

Phillip Chism, 15, is charged as an adult in Essex Superior Court with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape for the Oct. 22, 2013, killing of Colleen Ritzer.

Philip D. Chism, accused of the rape and slaying of a Danvers teacher, will be returned to Department of Youth Services custody, but this time he will be held under tighter security after his alleged attack Monday on a female staff member in a Dorchester DYS building, an official said.

Chism, 15, is charged as an adult in Essex Superior Court with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape in the Oct. 22, 2013, killing of Colleen Ritzer, a mathematics teacher at Danvers High School. Chism has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Because of Chism’s age, DYS has custody of him on behalf of Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousin’s office.

Continue reading below

On Monday afternoon, officials have said, Chism assaulted a woman at the Dorchester facility. The woman declined medical treatment, and the incident is under investigaton by State Police assigned to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

Chism was taken to Boston Medical Center after the alleged assault. His transfer back to DYS was expected to be completed Thursday.

A spokesman for Sheriff Cousins, Assistant Superintendent Maurice Pratt, said Thursday that Chism will not be returning to the facility in Dorchester where the alleged assault took place.

Continue reading it below

“The [Dorchester] facility was not a locked-down facility,’’ Pratt said. “This one is.’’

Pratt said the sheriff's office has confidence in DYS staff. “They have very capable people that are used to handling the type of people that need to be in a secure facility,’’ Pratt said.

Pratt said he did not know where in the DYS network Chism will be held. A spokesman for DYS declined to comment.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.
com
. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.