Father of Peterson girlfriend relieved

May 8, 2009 Her father, Ernie Raines, 55, has been involved in their stormy relationship and says he wants to protect his daughter from the former Bolingbrook police officer.

"I'm glad, jumping for joy. It is about time justice is served. My daughter is safe now, and I don't have to worry about her no more," Raines said.

Raines is planning to move back to Bolingbrook and take in his daughter and her two children as they prepare to leave the Peterson house in the wake of the arrest.

"She is upset, emotional," Raines said. "This has been a trauma for her so I will help her any way I can."

Following his national TV appearances--which Raines said he did to highlight the folly of a young woman moving in with a man older than her father who had been married four times and whose last two wives were either dead or missing--last Saturday Raines said he tried to befriend Peterson on a family outing.

"There he is with your daughter; you're looking right at him knowing what he did. It is eating me up inside and I didn't want to hurt my daughter, so I had to play along like I like this guy, and I didn't. Down deep inside I knew what he did. He pretended to be my friend, 'oh I like you.' Yeah right, he smiled, he looked at me, he knew," Raines said.

For her part Chrissy Raines said she was happy with Peterson, that he treated her and her kids well. According to her father, that was a disturbing pattern.

"I'm telling you, if it wasn't for me there's no telling what he would do to my daughter if she wanted to leave," Raines said.

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