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Guillermo Balingit, Grocery Deliveryman, Charged With Sexual Assault Of Customer

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Guillermo Balingit, a Peapod deliveryman, has been charged with sexual assault in an alleged attack involving a customer of the Skokie, Ill.-based service. | Getty

A delivery driver for Skokie-based grocery service Peapod was charged Monday with criminal sexual assault.

Guillermo Balingit was accused in an Oct. 26 attack at a high-rise apartment building in the 1100 block of South Michigan Avenue in Chicago's South Loop, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Balingit allegedly assaulted a woman, who was a Peapod customer, living in the building inside her apartment. It has not yet been reported whether the man was making a delivery to the woman at the time of the alleged attack.

The driver was originally charged with a misdemeanor count of battery on Oct. 27, one day after the alleged attack took place, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, but that charge was ultimately dropped.

While it was unclear why those charges were dropped, Balingit was charged this week with new felony sexual assault charges.

In response to the initial charges, Peapod told ABC Chicago they were "investigating the arrest of one of its drivers in connection with an incident involving a customer. ... We are taking this matter very seriously and continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities." The company said they conduct criminal background checks of all its drivers. They have yet to comment publicly on the more recent charge.

Balingit will appear in bond court later Tuesday.

Photo by Zol87 via Flickr.

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