Former nuclear official Sam Brinton, who identifies as non-binary and faces charges of suitcase theft, is set to be placed in a men's jail in Maryland while awaiting a transfer to Virginia.
The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation has a policy of placing processed inmates in jails based on their biological sex.
Sam Brinton, 35, was arrested at their home last week on grand larceny charges related to the alleged theft of a suitcase belonging to Tanzanian fashion designer Asya Khamsin from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D. C.
Khamsin reported the loss of her luggage, including the one-of-a-kind designs, in March 2018.
Briton was arrested as a fugitive of justice and is now being held in Maryland without bond awaiting transfer in the case.
Pictures then surfaced online showing Khamsin wearing the dresses and later Brinton wearing what appeared to be the exact same designs.
This led to Brinton's arrest who previously served as deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste in the Office of Nuclear Energy in the Biden administration.
Brinton was subsequently fired after similar incidents involving the theft of women's luggage that were reported in Minnesota and Las Vegas.
Despite avoiding jail time in those instances, Brinton now faces new charges and remains in custody without bail at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
They are currently in a 'pre-placement' hold at the county jail, but they are likely to be housed with the general population of the men's jail next week before appearing in front of a judge, in a hearing scheduled for June 14.
The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation policy dictates inmates be placed according to their biological sex at birth, regardless of any anatomical changes that might have been made.
The fashion designer involved, Khamsin, has given authorities with relevant information about the clothes as part of the ongoing police investigation.
Khamsin initially expressed confusion after seeing pictures of Brinton wearing her designs at events - especially after the prominent media attention surrounding the earlier luggage thefts.... (Read more)
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