As one of the first “non-binary” politicians to serve in the White House, Samuel Brinton, an LGBT activist, made headlines in February 2022. Now, he’s made headlines once more, but this time it’s for an alleged theft. Brinton was charged twice before for taking stolen women’s luggage out of airports. The scandal caused the engineer, who uses they/them pronouns, to lose their employment. The former deputy assistant secretary of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposal may now get a lengthy prison sentence.
After executing a warrant to enter and search the suspect’s residence, police detained Brinton on May 17. Several unmarked police cars pulled up for the impromptu evening visit, and approximately an hour later, at around ten o’clock, they left with the former Washington, DC official in handcuffs.
At a hearing the next day, Judge Victor Del Pino denied Brinton’s request for bail and mandated his extradition to Virginia to face grand larceny charges. The accused allegedly took the suitcase of forthcoming fashion show designer Asia Odorous Khamsin in 2018 while at Reagan National Airport, taking several hand-made outfits with them.
Later, Khamsin discovered Brinton wearing one of her dresses in an online image. She noted she had lost the bag carrying the dress and pieced everything together after viewing a Fox News release about a previous theft as she tweeted side-by-side photographs of her one-of-a-kind creation and the suspect wearing the exact same piece of apparel.
According to The New York Post, Brinton entered a plea of not guilty to stealing another woman’s luggage from the Las Vegas, Nevada, Harry Reid International Airport in July 2022, reducing a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
In April 2023, when Brinton was apprehended by officials for stealing bags from Minneapolis-St. Last year, Paul International Airport. Brinton was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation as part of the plea agreement. If the matter had gone to trial, they might have been sentenced to five years in prison.