A leading geotechnical engineer was jailed last week after being found guilty of 24 serious sexual offences against children.
ICE Fellow Dr Peter Rankilor, a world-renowned authority on the design and application of geotextiles,geomembranes and geosynthetics, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.
This followed a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester in January where Rankilor, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was found guilty of a series of charges of indecent assault and other serious offences against children between 1980 and 1996.
The 66 year-old was arrested after a woman went to police to report he had molested her in the
1980s when she was a child. Police investigating the academic discovered he had also abused another young girl.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Rankilor that he had “robbed these girls of their innocence at a very early age”, and that despite claims of ill health, the severity and quantity of offences meant “the only possible sentence I can impose is a custodial one”.
Rankilor’s work covers soils structures, civil and marine engineering projects and waste disposal applications.
He was working as a consultant to geotechnical firm Uretek, advising on the development of the PowerPile system. “We are surprised and deeply shocked by the news,” said Uretek MD Chris Davies.