SOUTHINGTON - A former adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, arrested twice and accused of violating a court order that prevents him from contacting one of his ex-students, a Southington woman, no longer faces charges.
Tcho Caulker, 43, of West Haven, had a scheduled hearing Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court. Online judicial records indicate two cases he had pending were dropped.
This comes on the heels of Caulker in 2019 being granted the Supervised Diversionary Program, which allows defendants to seek psychiatric treatment while their case is put on hold for up to two years. The program allows for treatment in lieu of prosecution and results in a dismissal if it is completed successfully.
At the time that Caulker was enrolled in the program, court officials said he was found several months earlier 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 was first arrested Sept. 21, 2018, for allegedly sending a former student 84 emails, in violation of the court order, between Aug. 9 and Sept. 14 of that year. 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, 2018.
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, 2018, 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 in July 2018, 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 2018 and no longer works at Quinnipiac, the warrant said.
Caulker had faced 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.