Former adjunct professor seeks medical dismissal after harassment case


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Brooke Reilly

Former Quinnipiac professor, Tcho Caulker, is looking for a dismissal on the basis of suffering a psychiatric disability after a harassment incident last year.

In April 2018, Caulker was removed from the university after sending inappropriate emails to students. Prior to his removal he emailed six women, including five Quinnipiac students and one Eastern Connecticut State University student. Caulker targeted one specific Quinnipiac student, who has since graduated, where he indicated that he wanted a romantic relationship with her. She was in Caulker’s QU 301 class during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Since then, Caulker has been arrested twice after violating a court order that prevents him from contacting a Southington, Connecticut, woman whom was one of his ex-students. The woman’s name remains anonymous.

Caulker sent 84 emails between Aug. 9 and Sept. 14 to the former student before being arrested on Sept. 21. He allegedly wrote things such as, “I miss you” and “Are you OK?” according to the warrant.

The email that was reported to police on Nov. 3 says how much he loves her and cares for her. He also always wrote that he finished writing a novel, titled “The Pathway to the Journey,” while in prison, which is about Caulker and the victim.

A civil protection order was granted to the victim on July 30. This prevents Caulker from contacting her or “anyone with whom the contact would cause annoyance or alarm.”

If Caulker is placed in the supervised diversionary program, he could be required to get two more years of treatment. If he obeys, the charges will be dropped. He will be informed of whether or not he is eligible for the program and if the judge thinks it is appropriate on July 17.

Right now, Caulker has two violations of a civil protection order and charges of second-degree harassment.

Caulker appeared in Bristol Superior Court, where he is a member of the supervised diversionary program, on Aug. 22.

Caulker was ordered to participate in the program for the maximum time allowed, which is two years. Throughout this time, he will be required to receive psychiatric treatment. The matters against Caulker will be dismissed if this is successful and there are no further issues.

Updated 10:48 p.m. Aug. 23, 2019.