Sex offender hears from victims at Calgary hearing

A Calgary courtroom heard from the victims of Michael Nadolnick, whose violent crimes date back to 1985 and include kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young woman.
Michael Peter Nadolnick, a convicted sex offender, was back in court Tuesday for a dangerous offender hearing. (Karen Wade/CBC)

A dangerous offender hearing for a man with a lengthy criminal record started Tuesday in a Calgary courtroom.

Michael Nadolnick's violent crimes date back to 1985, including kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young woman and trying to escape from custody.

Nadolnick sat in a prisoner’s box and had no reaction as several of his victims were heard in court. 

In 2008, Nadolnick kidnapped an 18-year-old woman and hijacked a truck, forcing an elderly man to drive around while he sexually assaulted her. 

She was the first to tell the court how his crime has affected her life — saying she was violated, has problems with intimacy and didn't deserve for this to happen to her. 

The woman also described being frightened when in 2011 Nadolnick attempted to escape custody by assaulting a corrections officer and trying to steal a truck. 

The current dangerous offender hearing is also a sentencing hearing for those crimes. 

If deemed a dangerous offender, Nadolnick could be jailed indefinitely.

With files from CBC's Meghan Grant