Grocery Deliveryman Charged with Sexual Assault

Alleged attacker, Guillermo Balingit, held on $10,000 bond

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:37 PM CDT
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A grocery deliveryman charged with sexually assaulting a Chicago woman has been ordered held on $10,000 bond.

Guillermo Balingit, 36, who works for Peapod, was charged this week with criminal sexual assault. He was in court Tuesday and appeared before Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil.

Police said Balingit attacked the woman in her South Loop apartment, in the 1100 block of South Michigan Avenue, on Oct. 26. Balingit offered the 21-year-old victim a massage to help her with fatigue before sexually assaulting her, according to prosecutors.

The woman knew Balingit from his regular deliveries to her residence.

Balingit's defense attorney said "significantly different" facts will come out during trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The married father of three was originally arrested for misdemeanor assault and was given a $10,000 individual recognizance bond. The state’s attorney’s office initially refused to charge him with felony criminal sexual assault -- a clear indication they didn’t believe the woman’s claims, his attorney David O'Connor said.

Balingit does not have a prior criminal background.

A spokesperson for Skokie-based Peapod wasn’t available to comment.

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