The Southeast Missouri State University professor accused of cheating at The Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau has requested a new judge in his case. 66-year-old Roger Arpin, a literature professor, was arrested December 14th for allegedly cheating at blackjack by “capping” his bets. Casino employees reported they had witnessed Arpin’s alleged adding to a bet after receiving his cards. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday with Judge Gary Kamp was cancelled, as his lawyer filed a motion to request a new judge. The move will send the case to the presiding circuit judge, Judge William Syler, who can transfer it to judges Michael Bullerdieck or Scott Thomsen. Arpin has remained free on $7,500 bond, and his arrest is the first gambling-related offense since the casino opened in October. The felony charge of violating Missouri's riverboat gambling laws carries a possible sentence of four years in prison and a lifetime ban from any Missouri casino.
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