A former Canberra actor — who featured in ACT Government advertising and an ABC television show — has been jailed for at least 16 months for the rape of two male escorts.
- Part-time actor Kristian Mynott solicited services of two male escorts in 2017, but never paid
- ACT Chief Justice Helen Murrell says consent was negated by Mynott’s fraudulent misrepresentations
- Mynott was sentenced to three years’ and four months jail, with a shorter non-parole period due to COVID-19 risks
The ACT Supreme Court heard Kristian Mynott, 42, used a fake name and stolen credit card details to fly the two men to Canberra in 2017, before refusing to pay for their services.
Mynott lured the escorts with the promise of airfares, chauffeurs, a hotel room and more than $1,500 in cash.
“After each episode of sex, he did not pay,” Chief Justice Helen Murrell said in sentencing.
“Each offence was associated with significant planning — he did not reveal his real name and financed their expenses using the credit card details of a third party.
“The sexual consent given was negated because it had been caused by fraudulent misrepresentations.”
Mynott was sentenced to three years and four months in jail for the rapes.
Mynott never paid for escort services
Mynott was a part-time actor who appeared in the ABC’s political drama Total Control, as well as featuring in an ad campaign for Canberra’s public transport network.
But the court heard Mynott messaged the first of the male escorts using a fake name.
“Hey I’m looking to fly rent a boy or two for an overnight stay,” he wrote.
“Your return flights will be pre-booked and paid and an airport transfer and payment of $1,500.
“If keen get back to me ASAP.”
Mynott then used a stolen credit card to fly the escort from Sydney and for a chauffeur driven car to take him to the Rex Hotel, where they drank alcohol and watched pornography.
The pair then engaged in sexual activity, but Mynott never paid for the services.
The court heard the second victim was flown from Victoria and was also promised payment.
After spending the night together, Mynott disappeared and stopped responding to the victim’s messages.
The escort then went to police after discovering mail inside his unit with Mynott’s real name.
“Neither offence was particularly sophisticated,” Chief Justice Murrell said during sentencing.
“But sex workers are vulnerable to sexual offences of this kind.”
Non-parole period reduced due to COVID-19 risk
A victim impact statement was read to the court and detailed how one of the victims had “lost trust” and had become depressed after the offending.
“It made me feel upset and betrayed,” the statement read.
“I was relying on the money. I couldn’t pay rent or buy food and I had to ask friends for money.
“This was awful.”
The court heard Mynott had previously battled methamphetamine addiction and now lived with his mother.
A court ordered psychological report found Mynott used sex to boost his self-esteem, and that drug addiction likely increased his libido.
His legal team argued full-time custody would affect Mynott’s mental health, who the court heard suffered from anxiety and a weakened immune system.
His lawyer told the court that his health issues meant he was at risk during a pandemic, and that jail would increase that risk.
Chief Justice Murrell agreed, and reduced his non-parole period to 16 months.
In January, Mynott was also sentenced to two years’ jail to be served in the community for amassing $11,000 on credit cards he stole while working at a Fyshwick business.
Mynott will be eligible for parole in December 2021.