US nuclear official and LGBTQ activist struggling with suitcase – Reuters

A top recruit has been accused of stealing a woman’s suitcase from an airport

The top US nuclear waste official has been accused of stealing a woman’s luggage worth more than $2,300 from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this fall. Sam Brinton made headlines earlier this year for becoming the first « openly gendered » kink-lifestyle practitioner in federal leadership.

According to court documents obtained by local outlet Alpha News, which broke the story Monday night, surveillance footage showed Brinton removing a Vera Bradley suitcase from the MSP baggage carousel on September 16. The action was puzzling as the official had flown to Minnesota from Washington, DC without checked baggage. Brinton then returned to DC with the bag in tow and reused it on a trip to Europe.

“If I took the wrong bag, I’m happy to return it, but I don’t have clothes for another individual. It was my clothes when I opened the bag,” Brinton reportedly told police during the initial interview, after returning from Europe on October 9.

The official later admitted to taking someone else’s bag and leaving the clothes inside in the hotel room, apologizing for not being « completely honest ».

No clothing was found in the hotel room and the victim never got his bag back, even after police told Brinton how to proceed. The estimated value of the bag and its contents is approximately $2,325, according to the complaint.

Brinton came to international attention in June, after assignment on Twitter about becoming « one of the very first openly gendered people in the leadership of the federal government, if not the very first », as a career employee of the Senior Executive Service.

In addition to a background in nuclear and mechanical engineering, Brinton had another public reputation – as a transvestite LGBT activist lecturing on « twist » and interviews about relationships with homosexuals posing as dogs.

A month after announcing the DOE’s work, Brinton posted a photo on Instagram with Admiral Rachel Levine — a transgender woman appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as assistant secretary for health — attending the July 14 reception at the French Embassy. Brinton’s post describes Levine as « another trans person in the face of hate. »

When Alpha News inquired with the Department of Energy, they were told that Brinton was on leave. The DOE declined to comment further. The case will now go before a Hennepin County judge, with a hearing scheduled for December 19.

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