A non-binary senior US nuclear official has been charged with stealing a suitcase at an airport.
Sam Brinton, 35, became the most prominent genderfluid person in the US government in June, overseeing the disposal of nuclear waste.
The appointment of the MIT graduate, who uses the pronouns “they” and “them”, was hailed at the time by diversity campaigners.
Brinton’s official title in the Office of Nuclear Energy is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition.
Previously, Brinton had performed as a drag queen called Sister Ray Dee O’Active, and also taught classes called “Kink 101” in which kneeling men wore leather dog masks.
Oh well, no accounting for folk. The question should be, are they any good at dealing with spent fuel?
On Monday night, it emerged that they had been charged with the theft of a Vera Bradley suitcase which, including its contents, was worth US$2,325.
The complaint said police were alerted by a woman that her suitcase was missing in the baggage claim area.
After looking at CCTV “officers observed the suspect, who was later identified as Samuel Otis Brinton, remove a navy blue hard-sided roller bag from the rear of Carousel 7,” the complaint said.
It said Brinton then “removed the blue bag’s tag, and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying. Defendant then left the area at a quick pace.”
Brinton had not checked in a bag on their flight from Washington to Minneapolis.
They took the blue bag to the InterContinental hotel.
Then, two days later, they checked the same bag on a flight back to Washington.
A few weeks later, Brinton took the bag with them on a trip to Europe, the complaint said.When they returned, police called Brinton and asked if they had taken anything that didn’t belong to them. They replied: “Not that I know of.”