What are the details?
Samuel Brinton is a nuclear engineer who serves as deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy.
Just days after a group of House Republicans demanded the Biden official's resignation, a felony warrant was issued for Brinton.
KLAS reported that Brinton has been charged with grand larceny with a value between $1,200 and $5,000. The Biden official allegedly stole luggage at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
If convicted of this category B felony, Brinton could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, reported Newsweek.
A 'weird kind of Batman'
According the the Biden Energy Department's website, Brinton identifies "as gender-fluid and use[s] the pronouns they, them, and theirs."
Brinton told an MIT publication that his "husband" thinks of him as a "weird kind of of Batman. Why, you might ask? Because by day I work to save lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from suicide, and by night I work to save the world from nuclear waste related environmental disaster."
Only a "weird kind" of Batman would allegedly steal luggage on multiple occasions.
TheBlaze previously reported that Brinton admitted to taking a woman's Vera Bradley luggage, valued at around $2,325, from a baggage claim carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in September.
The "non-binary" Biden official, who initially denied taking the woman's luggage, later claimed he had taken the suitcase accidentally on account of exhaustion.
Despite Brinton's suggestion that the alleged felony theft was accidental, the criminal complaint indicated that airport surveillance cameras caught the Sept. 16 incident on tape.
According to the complaint, footage shows Brinton taking "a navy blue hard-sided roller bag" from the carousel.
Although supposedly exhausted, Brinton then "removed the blue bag's tag and put the bag tag in the handbag they were carrying" and "left the area at a quick pace."
Investigators reportedly indicated that Brinton was also seen using the woman's suitcase on at least two other occasions.
Brinton faces five years for this particular crime if convicted.
On leave but not altogether gone
After the initial accusation, Brinton was quietly put on leave.
An Energy Department spokesman told Fox News in November that "Sam Brinton is on leave from DOE, and Dr. Kim Petry is performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition."
Petry reportedly told coworkers she had been asked to stay on "for the foreseeable future."
The New York Post reported that a group of House Republicans called for Brinton's removal Tuesday in a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
The letter notes that the department "issued notice that Sam Brinton was placed on leave without providing crucial context clarifying that Brinton's recent employment status was the result of a felony charge."
The Republicans suggested that as "an appointed official, Sam Brinton represents both your Department and the United States. It is simply not possible for an individual to represent American values and simultaneously violate the felony laws of the land."
"Brinton’s actions, along with your Department’s lack of transparency when dealing with this matter, reflect poorly on the Department of Energy, and they raise concern as to the Biden Administration’s priorities when appointing high-ranking officials. It is imperative that we do not allow a person charged with a felony to influence America’s policies," they added.
The letter concluded with a demand for Brinton's resignation and a plea for the department to "set aside petty politics and appoint only the most qualified and dedicated individuals to influence America’s energy sector."
The Daily Mail reported that Brinton has found ways to occupy himself in the meantime.
In late November, Brinton reportedly presented a seminar in Los Angeles entitled, "Spanking: From Calculus to Chemistry."
Brinton's profile on CLAW Corp.'s website reportedly noted that he had been teaching his "Physics of Kink" class on campuses across the country for years. According to his bio, Brinton has "been active in the kink world since 2013, host monthly kink parties in their dungeon in Washington, DC, and estimate they have spanked over 2,000 cute butts."