Former Cobb County engineer convicted of molesting girls

A 59-year-old Powder Springs man was convicted Thursday of molesting two girls who were around 5 years old at the time, Cobb County’s district attorney said.

A jury took 40 minutes to convict Tracy Bothel King, a former Lockheed Martin engineer, on three counts of child molestation, DA Vic Reynolds’ office said.

One victim was molested between 2008 and 2010 at an Acworth home, according to investigators. The second victim was molested in 1997 and 1998 at a Marietta home. The crimes were reported to Cobb police in 2012, Reynolds said.

Both victims, along with a third woman who says she was also a victim, all testified during King’s trial. King was not charged with molesting the third victim because the statute of limitations had expired, Reynolds said.

The victims said they blamed themselves for not stopping the abuse, the DA said.

“If this is all a huge conspiracy to get him in trouble, why would they say that?” Hannah Palmquist, assistant DA, said. “Place the guilt and the blame where it belongs – on Tracy King.”

King is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 23, Reynolds said. King, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody after the verdict and booked into the Cobb County jail, records showed. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for each count, the DA said.