Judge rules former Quinnipiac prof not competent to stand trial

Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:53


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 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. The order came after Judge John Cronan found Caulker not competent to understand the proceedings or assist in his own defense.

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, Caulker wrote about how much he loved the woman, the warrant said. He also said he finished writing a 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 woman),” 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 woman 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 was her professor at Quinnipiac. In the document, the woman told police that he became “obsessed with her.”

The warrant does not say exactly when Caulker was the victim’s professor, but according to the university’s student-run newspaper, he taught at Quinnipiac as recently as April. 

Court documents said Caulker no longer works for the university.

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 say the emails contained messages including “I miss you” and “Are you OK?” .

According to the warrant, Quinnipiac had blocked emails from Caulker’s address, so the complainant had not been aware of them until school officials notified her that they had intercepted them. The woman reported the emails to Southington police on Sept. 14. 

Investigators spoke to Caulker the next day. When asked if he had ever been involved romantically with the complainant, Caulker hesitated, police wrote in the warrant, then said the two were supposed to “go out in the past but never did.” 

Aside from her being in his class, the woman 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 jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:53. Updated: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:55.