According to Whetstone, her father was living with Ayarde, who was the victim’s home health aide, and Ayarde’s daughter for several years due to his health problems. Whetstone was unable to reach her dad by phone for a year during the pandemic before finally calling police to make a wellness check on him.
“When I finally did talk to him last month he told me he was barely able to move,” the daughter said of his worsening health. “It was that bad.”
Whetstone offered a fond recollection of her father: “He was a fun person. He liked joking around. All he liked to do was have fun.”
The senior had a criminal record but was never arrested for any sex offenses, officials said. He does not appear in the New York state sex offender registry or a national sex offender registry run by the Department of Justice.
Raynor was first arrested in 1987 when he was charged with two assaults. He was arrested for assault again in 1992 and drug possession in 1996, sources said.
He was arrested repeatedly over the next 20 years but for minor offenses that remain sealed. His last arrest was in 2014, sources said, when Raynor was 73.
Neighbors said Raynor was disabled, needed a walker to get around and complained about his arthritis.
“Friday, he said to me, ‘The Lord is not ready for me yet,’” neighbor Monique Simon said. “Those were his very words. I guess now it’s between him and God.”
(Molly Crane-Newman contributed to this story.)
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