3 Pennsylvania Guard Soldiers Charged With Sexual Assault

Three Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers were charged with sexually assaulting a woman they met at a bar during an encounter inside a barracks building late last year.

Police said a 36-year-old woman went to the Fort Indiantown Gap base with the men voluntarily after meeting them at a Jonestown tavern on Dec. 15. Authorities said in court papers filed Wednesday that she told investigators she initially engaged in consensual sex with one of the men, but objected when a second man appeared before her and exposed himself.

She was then forced to engage in various sexual acts with the three defendants, and a cellular phone was used to photograph her, police said. The victim suffered cuts, bruises, scratches and other injuries.

Alan Wayne Ledford Jr., 26, of South Coopersburg, and Sean P. McMenamin, 20, of Pottstown, were charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and other offenses. Matthew S. Taggart, 23, of Springfield, was charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and other offenses.

In January, Ledford and McMenamin both told investigators they engaged in sex with the victim and took photographs, police said. Court records indicate Taggart told investigators that he engaged in sex with the victim.

A Guard spokesman said Thursday that, because of the accusations, the three soldiers' scheduled deployments will not occur when their units leave for Iraq early next year.

Phone messages left for the defendants were not immediately returned Thursday. Court officials were unable to immediately say whether they were represented by attorneys.