Sexual Assault Charges For Peapod Delivery Driver

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Peapod grocery delivery driver is due in court Tuesday, on new felony charges alleging that he sexually assaulted a customer in her South Loop home.

Guillermo Balingit, 36, of the 6000 block of West Byron Street, was originally charged only with one count of misdemeanor battery in the incident, which happened at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 1100 block of South Michigan Avenue.

The victim, woman in her early 20s, accused Balingit of sexual assault, but authorities originally denied those charges, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.

But on Monday, Balingit was charged with criminal sexual assault in connection to the incident. Police have not disclosed why the charges were upgraded.

He is set to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday.

A written statement released the day after the incident said the victim was a customer and the man accused was one of their drivers.

“Peapod considers the safety of its customers to be one of its top priorities. We conduct criminal background checks of all drivers before they are hired by Peapod, which are updated periodically,” the statement said. “We are taking this matter very seriously and continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Lee Bean

    Something is really odd about this story and it keeps changing. I am still trying to figure out why this customer invited him to come in to give her a massage. Then the charges keep changing as well. Something isn’t right here.

  • Peter

    He was probably confused-maybe the customer was telling him that she wanted sausage and he mistook it for her wanting you know “sausage”

    And maybe she asked him if he got the message but he thought she said she wanted a “massage”

    Could be a complete misunderstanding or possibly she was disatisfied with the employees performance and decided to complain

    • Jim Hamilton


  • BoBo

    Where or when did it say she invited him in for a message?

  • jefferson davis

    This young temptress really was asking for a Confederate Negro stle horsewhipping.

    • Dontaysha

      As usual, Mr. Davis, your humor is much appriciated. Just hilarious!!!

  • Bang Tail Orders Pea Pod

    Groceries make me hot.

  • No way

    Bobo try and keep up with the news, and jeffy, it get’s old dude. Your just another lame ass racist that hides behind the screen.

    • Jim Hamilton

      No way You should go read the article about the indiana man who nabbed the carjackers you Obviously commented without reading the article

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