Samuel Brinton, the cross-dressing former Energy Department official, will submit to a mental health evaluation as part of an alleged luggage theft case, the Daily Wire reported. Brinton previously acted as President Joe Biden's head of nuclear fuel and waste.
The evaluation is part of an adult diversion program meant for first-time offenders. Last year, Brinton was caught allegedly stealing a woman's suitcase from a Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport and was charged with a felony.
The woman who owned the bag reported it had gone missing from the baggage claim area following a flight from New Orleans to Minnesota on Sept. 16. The items inside the distinctive blue bag were reportedly worth $2,325.
That same day, Brinton walked out of the Minnesota airport with the bag that wasn't his. In fact, he didn't even check any luggage for his flight that day and had no reason to even approach the baggage carousel.
Still, Brinton hired an Uber and headed to the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, where he was seen with the victim's blue bag in tow. Two days later, Brinton boarded a return flight to Washington, D.C., and checked that same stolen bag.
His jet-setting with the purloined luggage apparently continued into the next month. Surveillance footage from Oct. 9 showed Brinton disembarking a plane at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia following a European trip with the victim's blue bag.
Brinton was asked at the time whether he had taken "anything that didn't belong" to him. "Not that I know of," he allegedly responded, before later fessing up.
"If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual," Brinton claimed. "That was my clothes when I opened the bag," he told investigators.
Again, Brinton changed his story when he contacted authorities just two hours after that first denial. He claimed he "got nervous" and "didn't know what to do" when he realized the bag he had wasn't his.
It was later discovered that he was involved in a similar incident at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. He pleaded "no contest" in December to the charges in that case.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail which was suspended on the promise of good behavior and was forced to pay the victim $3,500. The Minnesota case could be cleared if he complies with all of the terms of the adult diversion program.
Other requirements include community service and an apology to the victim as well as returning the stolen goods. Although these two are the only legal cases so far, another woman has alleged that Brinton wore her original designer clothing that was in a missing suitcase.
Houston-based fashion designer Asya Idarous Khamsin said that after reports of Brinton's crime, she realized that Brinton was photographed wearing garments strikingly similar to the ones lost in 2018, Fox News reported. Khamsin and her husband claim authorities don't seem interested in her case, however.
Brinton's penchant for wearing women's clothing was already a sign that he was unwell. However, wearing clothing that he stole from females all but proves that he's disturbed a deeply disturbed individual even before an evaluation is completed.