CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of rape and attempted sexual assault in attacks 25 years ago was granted parole on some charges but won’t be getting out of prison anytime soon.
Gary Fecteau was sentenced to at least 26 years after being convicted of assaulting three women, two of them University of New Hampshire students. He was granted parole Thursday but will now begin a 3 1/2- to seven-year sentence for burglary.
In nearly a quarter-century behind bars, the 46-year-old has earned associate and bachelor degrees, completed a sex offender program and was invited back to mentor other inmates.
‘‘I think you may take the record for most programs completed,’’ parole board chairman Donna Sytek told Fecteau.
The director of UNH’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program attended the brief parole hearing but didn’t speak.
Mary Mayhew said in an interview that Fecteau is notorious for the havoc and fear he wreaked on campus.
‘‘He terrorized the community back in that time period,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re worried if he’s out and about, we could be targeted again.’’
A victim also attended the hearing, but didn’t speak to the parole board and declined to comment afterward.
Fecteau’s lawyer, Michael Iacopino, told the board his client ‘‘is aware of the harm and grief he’s caused all of his victims.’’
Fecteau, formerly of Newmarket, said his crimes occurred when ‘‘I was just out of my teens — a very hurt and angry young man.’’
‘‘I have tried to live down my horrendous acts of 1987,’’ Fecteau told the board. ‘‘I promised my parents I would never again bring shame to my family.’’
Fecteau met and married a prison volunteer 6 1/2 years ago.
‘‘He’s not the man he used to be,’’ Michelle Fecteau told the board. ‘‘I admire and respect the man he is now.’’
But Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso Jr., who investigated the assaults as a young detective and wrote a letter opposing parole, said Fecteau hasn’t changed.
‘‘Even back then, he was a smooth talker — very calm and intelligent,’’ Colarusso said. ‘‘He was a true serial rapist. I can’t remember the last serial rapist we had; it may have been him.’’
Fecteau was convicted in 1989 of stalking and raping or attempting to rape three people in Dover and Durham — where UNH has its main campus. He was arrested in July 1987 after breaking into a Dover home with the intent of raping a teenager. The girl’s father captured and held onto Fecteau until police arrived.