A 46-year-old Albany man will spend time behind bars after indecently assaulting a vulnerable 19-year-old woman. Glen Richard Glass, 46, appeared in the Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday after being charged with unlawful and indecent assault from an incident earlier this year. On January 27, Glass was in his bedroom with the 19-year-old victim when he placed his hand underneath her clothing and indecently assaulted her. The offender and victim were intoxicated. Glass initially pleaded not guilty to the offence but was found guilty after the matter went to trial. He was sentenced to nine months in prison for what magistrate Raelene Johnston described as an “appalling and degrading offence”. Defence counsel Graham Payne said at the time of the offence, Glass was at a low point in his life. He said the shearer of 30 years had no regular work as he was recovering from an elbow injury. Police prosecutor Sgt Alan Dean told the court prosecution was asking for an immediate term of imprisonment. “This is a serious offence. The victim at the time was a 19-year-old female who was naive — young to the world,” Sgt Dean said. “The accused was fully aware how intoxicated the victim was ... his record demonstrates he makes poor decisions when he drinks.” Sgt Dean told the court Glass chose to take advantage of the victim and needed to understand such offences were taken seriously. “The incident has had an effect on the victim and she is trying to move forward,” he said. Magistrate Raelene Johnston said the offence was degrading. “This is a grave offence against an individual which has had a lasting effect. She is entitled to feel safe and not be offended against,” she said. “There was a significant age difference, her being a young adult and very intoxicated ... She’s ended up in an unfamiliar room and bedroom. It was an indecent assault. You put your hand under her pants, under some clothing, it was not accidental touching.” She said although there was no penetration, it was a serious example of indecent assault. “I need to send a deterrence to you and the community that this is an appalling and degrading offence,” Ms Johnston said.