Ex-professor may avoid prosecution in case involving harassment of student

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:47


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, could be granted a program that will spare him prosecution as soon as early next month.

Tcho Caulker, 41, of West Haven, is expected to apply for the supervised diversionary program on his next court date, on June 3. The program would allow him to seek psychiatric treatment while putting his case on hold for as long as two years.

Success in the treatment would result in the case being dropped. A judge could make a ruling on the program as soon as June 3 or continue the case before making a decision. Caulker’s application comes after he was found in December to not be competent to understand the proceedings against him. His competency was later restored after spending at least 60 days in the Whiting Forensic Hospital, in Middletown, court documents said.

Caulker, who is free from custody, was first arrested Sept. 21 for allegedly sending a former student 84 emails, in violation of the court order, between Aug. 9 and Sept. 14. Police say he wrote 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, a Southington resident, reported the emails to 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.

Following that arrest, Caulker was charged again 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 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 wrote in the warrant. “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.”

Caulker and the victim met while he served as her professor at Quinnipiac, in Hamden. The woman alleges to police that he became “obsessed with her,” the warrant said. The document does not provide a timeframe as to when Caulker was the victim’s professor. He taught at the school as recently as April and no longer works at Quinnipiac, the warrant said.

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 jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:47. Updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:50.