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Bench warrant is issued for ex-Potty Boot Camp operator

Rebecca Stapp, 42, was last known to be living on Oahu

Rebecca Stapp

Rebecca Stapp

The Maui News

A $20,000 bench warrant was issued for a woman who didn’t show up in 2nd Circuit Court on Monday for her trial on a charge alleging she assaulted a toddler in her potty-training “boot camp” four years ago.

Rebecca Stapp, 42, who was last known to be living on Oahu, hadn’t had contact since early March with the Oahu Intake Service Center, which was supervising her, according to court documents.

Another bench warrant for $10,000 was issued for her on April 7 alleging she violated her bail conditions by not staying in contact with the service center. On March 3, Stapp informed the Oahu center that she planned to return to Maui but hadn’t had contact with either the Oahu or Maui offices since then, according to an affidavit filed in court.

Stapp has pleaded not guilty to a charge of third-degree assault of a boy who was dropped off for her Potty Boot Camp training at her rented Wailuku residence on May 1, 2013.

In a separate trial, Stapp was found guilty of third-degree assault of another toddler, a 17-month-old Paia boy, on the same day at the same daylong potty-training session.

Wailuku District Judge Kelsey Kawano found that Stapp had used “substantial force” to hold down the child, who had bruises on his inner thighs, groin, chest and back.

In September 2015, Stapp was sentenced to a three-month jail term as part of one year’s probation.

The jail sentence was delayed while she appealed. On Dec. 23, the state Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction. Stapp sought a review by the state Supreme Court, which rejected the request Feb. 28.

Three days later, Deputy Prosecutor Justine Hura filed a motion to have Stapp serve the jail term.

She hasn’t shown up to serve the jail term.

Court records show Stapp also is being sought on an $11,000 bench warrant issued May 8 when she didn’t show up for a hearing in 1st Circuit Court on Oahu. She was charged with second-degree theft in a Jan. 28, 2016, incident, according to court records.

At the May 8 hearing, Stapp’s attorney said she was receiving mental health treatment on the Mainland, according to court records. In issuing the warrant, the court noted Stapp hadn’t reported when she would return and didn’t have permission to leave the state.

Her $2,000 bail in that case was forfeited.

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