SOUTHINGTON - A former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, arrested twice for allegedly violating a court order that prevents him from contacting one of his ex-students, a Southington woman, has been found to be not competent to understand the proceedings against him.
Tcho Caulker, 41, of West Haven, was ordered on Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court, to spend at least 60 days in the Whiting Forensic Hospital, in Middletown, where officials will attempt to restore his competency. The order came after Judge John Cronan made a finding that the 41-year-old was not competent to understand the proceedings against him or assist in his own defense.
Cronan made the finding after hearing from a psychiatrist who is employed by the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The psychiatrist said she evaluated Caulker in a one-on-one setting, finding that he experiences “illogical” and “delusional” thinking and “psychotic thought processes.” She added that she believes his competency is restorable.
Caulker is due back in court on Feb. 15 for an update on his condition.
He was arrested in September and again in November, most recently for allegedly emailing a friend of the victim and professing his love for his former student, according to the arrest warrant.
In the email - which was reported to police on Nov. 3 - Caulker talks about how much he loves the victim and that he cares for her, the warrant said. He also said he finished writing his novel while locked up for his first arrest. The novel, according to the warrant, is called “The Pathway to the Journey,” and is about Caulker and the victim.
“He promises that there has never been anyone else, but (the victim),” police noted in the warrant of Caulker’s email. “He stated she is the best thing to ever happen to him and he still misses her more than anything.”
According to court documents, a civil protection order was granted to the victim on July 30, forbidding Caulker from contacting her or “anyone with whom the contact would cause annoyance or alarm.” According to the warrant, Caulker and the victim met while he served as her professor at Quinnipiac, in Hamden. In the document, the woman alleges to police that he became "obsessed with her." The warrant does not provide a timeframe as to when Caulker was the victim's professor, but according to the university's student-run newspaper, he taught at the school as recently as April.
Court documents said Caulker no longer works for Quinnipiac.
Caulker was first arrested Sept. 21 for allegedly sending the former student 84 emails, in violation of the court order, between Aug. 9 and Sept. 14.Police allege he said things like "I miss you" and "Are you OK?" in the emails, the warrant said.
According to the warrant, Quinnipiac had blocked emails from Caulker's email address, so the complainant had not been aware of them until school officials notified her that they had intercepted the correspondences. The woman reported the emails to Southington police on Sept. 14.
Investigators the next day spoke to Caulker. When asked if he had ever been involved romantically with the complainant, Caulker hesitated, police wrote in the warrant, and said the two were supposed to "go out in the past but never did."
Aside from being in his class, the victim told police, she did not have any kind of relationship with Caulker.
Caulker faces charges of second-degree harassment and two counts of violation of a civil protective order.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.