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    Two Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, including one from the Coopersburg area, have admitted to ***ually assaulting a woman during a weekend training exercise in a barracks at Fort Indiantown Gap in December 2007.

    Sgt. Alan W. Ledford Jr., 28, of Upper Saucon Township and former Spc. Sean P. McMenamin, 25, of Pottstown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor indecent assault and simple assault charges in Lebanon County Court, avoiding a trial that had been scheduled for this week.

    The men, who are both free on unsecured bail, are scheduled to be sentenced on April 21. In exchange for their pleas, several felony charges including ***ual assault and aggravated indecent assault were dropped.

    A third man, Spc. Matthew S. Taggart, 24, of Springfield, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to indecent assault and simple assault and was sentenced in June to three months to two years minus a day behind bars, according to court records.

    The sentence was crafted to allow Taggart to serve the sentence in Lebanon County Prison instead of state prison. According to the arrest affidavit:

    A 36-year-old woman, a civilian, met the men at the Frog's Hollow Tavern on Route 72 in Jonestown on Dec. 15 and agreed to return to the fort with them and two other women. She followed them into a barracks on Clement Avenue, where she engaged in a "consensual ***ual encounter" with Ledford in a bathroom.

    The woman told state police that McMenamin entered the room after a few minutes, and she was forced to engage in *** acts with both of them. Taggart also had *** with her.

    The woman said the men took photos with their cell phones. It's unclear if state police obtained the alleged photos during the investigation, which began four days later when the woman went to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.

    The affidavit says the woman had cuts and bruises.

    The men had been scheduled to deploy to Iraq last year, but none were sent because of the criminal charges.

    According to published reports, McMenamin's commitment with the Guard expired last year and the Guard is in the process of severing its relationships with Ledford and Taggart.