SOUTHINGTON - A former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University has been charged with harassing an ex-student, a Southington woman, allegedly sending her more than 80 emails in violation of a court order.
Tcho Caulker, 41, of West Haven, said things like “I miss you” and “Are you OK?” in the emails, according to the warrant for his arrest. He allegedly sent 84 emails to the woman between Aug. 9 and Sept. 14, the document continues.
A civil protective order was granted to the victim on July 30, forbidding Caulker from contacting her. 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.
According to the warrant, the university 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 he admitted to sending the correspondences, saying he knows he should have not done it, according to the warrant. He said he does not plan to contact her anymore, investigators wrote.
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 was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree harassment and violation of a civil protective order. He was held in custody over the weekend and arraigned Monday, in Bristol Superior Court. His bail was set at $5,000, and he was issued a criminal protective order that does not allow him to contact the complainant.
Caulker, who did not enter a plea Monday, is due back in court on Oct. 19.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.