Ex-Quinnipiac professor accused of harassing Southington woman will receive psychiatric treatment in lieu of prosecution

Published on Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:14


SOUTHINGTON - A former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University charged with harassing a Southington woman, who was a student of his, has been granted a psychiatric program that will allow him to receive treatment and avoid prosecution.

Tcho Caulker, 41, of West Haven, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where he was enrolled in the supervised diversionary program.

A judge ordered Caulker to participate in the program for two years - the maximum time allowed. He will be required to receive psychiatric treatment during that time. If successful and no further issues arise, the matters against the 41-year-old will be dismissed.

Caulker has been arrested twice for allegedly violating a court order that prevents him from contacting one of his ex-students, a Southington woman. Following his arrests, he spent at least 60 days in the Whiting Forensic Hospital, in Middletown, where his competency to understand the proceedings against him was restored, according to court officials.

Caulker was first arrested Sept. 21 for allegedly sending the former student 84 emails between August and September of 2018. Police allege he said things like “I miss you” and “Are you OK?” in the emails, the warrant said.

Investigators said Caulker was hesitant about answering questions regarding his relationship with the victim. Aside from being in his class, the victim told police, she did not have any kind of relationship with him.

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 wrote about how much he loves the victim and cares for her. 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. He no longer works at the school.

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 Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:14. Updated: Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:16.