09/04/2014 07:44 EDT | Updated 11/04/2014 05:59 EST

Gordon Frank Nickerson faces dangerous offender hearing

A man who admitted to abducting a woman and her daughter from their Wedgeport, N.S., home in 2012 will learn today whether he will be declared a dangerous offender.  

Gordon Frank Nickerson, who is from Yarmouth County and in his mid-30s, admitted to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman and her mother during a terrifying ride from Wedgeport to New Minas. The women managed to escape after they seized a chance to attack Nickerson.

In 2012 he pleaded guilty to all 12 charges against him.

The Crown requested a dangerous offender assessment against Nickerson. Last October, the forensic psychiatrist who conducted that assessment testified at the hearing.

Dr. Scott Theriault said during his testimony that Nickerson is at a moderate to high risk to reoffend sexually.

"He's not the highest risk to reoffend, but nor is he the lowest risk," Theriault said outside court. "If you think about it on a curve, he's at the higher end of the curve."

Theriault said Nickerson's case is unusual, because he appears to be motivated by a desire to hurt and humiliate his victims after an intimate relationship collapses.

"Revenge. Retribution. Retaliation. All of those things would fit," said Theriault.

History of sexual assault

In 2005, when Nickerson was living in British Columbia, he kidnapped a former girlfriend at gunpoint after their relationship ended.

He tried to kidnap her mother as well, but the older woman managed to escape. Nickerson sexually assaulted his victim in that case and was sentenced to five years.

Theriault said these factors make Nickerson's case more complicated than those of other sex offenders.

"If you think about somebody that exposes themselves repetitively, that's a fairly typical example of somebody who's driven largely by their sexual desire," Theriault said.

"His seems to be more complicated in that it's tied up in the context of an intimate relationship that goes bad and then that manifests itself in certain ways, one of which is through sexual violence."

The Crown wants Nickerson imprisoned indefinitely.

His lawyer said Nickerson knows he's going to prison for a long time, but he argues it should not be an indefinite sentence.