Sam Brinton, the non-binary former senior Department of Energy (DOE) for the Biden administration, has agreed to undergo a mental health evaluation after receiving no jail time for an airport baggage theft last year.
Brinton’s evaluation will be part of an adult diversion program.
The disgraced former Biden official agreed to enter the adult diversion program during a remote Hennepin County, Minnesota, court hearing.
Last October, Brinton was charged by police for stealing a traveler’s baggage worth a total of $2,325 for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport luggage carousel in September.
Brinton will be required to have a mental health evaluation, and also write a letter of apology to the victim, return stolen property, and complete three days of community service, KMSP-TV reported.
Brinton is due to report to a diversion appointment later this month.
Sam Brinton will likely escape jail time or even have the theft case dismissed altogether when he enters the diversion program.
“The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office recognizes that there are times when public safety is best served by diverting first-time offenders from the criminal justice system,” the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office states on its website.
“Adult diversion programs refer these offenders to social services, chemical dependency or mental health resources,” it adds.
“First-time offenders are closely monitored to make sure they meet program expectations,” it continues.
“The goals set include accountability, taking advantage of services offered, remaining law-abiding, completing community service, and paying restitution. Every successful diversion reduces costs in the criminal justice system and reduces the number of repeat offenders,” it adds.
Brinton was charged with felony theft of a movable property without consent, which carried a five-year sentence, a $10,000 fine, or both.
The case’s development comes a week after Brinton escaped Jail in a similar case in Nevada.
Brinton was ordered to pay $3,670.74 to the victim in that case, including additional fees amounting to $500, including a criminal fine.
Brinton was charged in December by Las Vegas prosecutors with grand larceny of an item valued between $1,200 and $5,000.
Brinton was also accused of stealing a suitcase with a total estimated worth of $3,670 at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
The bag contained clothing worth $850, makeup valued at $500, and jewelry valued at $1,700,
Brinton made headlines last year after becoming a senior official at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy as a non-binary gender-fluid person.