The man in charge of spent nuclear fuel for the Department of Energy has left the administration.
“Sam Brinton is no longer a DOE employee. By law, the Department of Energy cannot comment further on personnel matters,” the Department said.
Brinton has been accused in two separated instances of stealing luggage from airport baggage carousels since he was appointed in June as deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the Department of Energy.
Brinton, who calls himself gender-fluid, or not having a set gender, was the person who advised the Anchorage Assembly’s leftist majority on the ordinance that prohibits Anchorage counselors from dissuading youth clients from their various sexual impulses. According to the ordinance passed in nearly secrecy in 2020, therapists in Alaska’s largest city may not try to help youth who have sexual identity issues. Or rather, the therapists can only confirm their new identity, not counsel them about why they are confused.
Brinton was the consultant, along with the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that encourages gender confusion in young people.
He has two degrees from MIT, but also a documented history of teaching classes in kink sex, and has posed as a dominatrix personality with men dressed up as dogs.
By September, it became clear that Brinton has more confusion than just gender confusion. He was caught on camera taking luggage that belonged another person from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. He has admitted that he took the luggage, but said he was confused, and thought it was his luggage, although he had traveled to the airport without luggage. Later, he confessed to taking the luggage.
Last week, Las Vegas authorities identified him as a luggage thief at that city’s airport as well.
According to police, the bag that Brinton allegedly stole from the Harry Reid International Airport was on the carousel with other bags from an arriving flight from Dulles International Airport on July 6. The suitcase, a hard-shell “Away” brand bag, was valued at $320, but with the contents, it had a value of more than $3,670, which included makeup, jewelry, clothing and toiletries.
Police who reviewed the tape said there were several nonverbal cues, and body language displayed by the suspect, which caught his attention. “Brinton pulled the victim’s luggage from the carousel and examined the tag. Then placed it back on the carousel, looking in all directions for anyone who might be watching, or might approach. Pulling it back off the carousel and demonstrating the same behavior by looking around before walking away with it quickly,” the police said.
Brinton was only identified as the suspect in Las Vegas after another news article showed him as a suspect in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in September. Police compared the video they have of him in Las Vegas with a social media post he made of himself, and he was wearing the same rainbow shirt and had other physical characteristics as the thief they were seeking.