A Perth paedophile was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years jail after preying on a neighbour's son and hatching a conspiracy with a female friend to rape her young daughter.

A District Court judge said the 33-year-old was a cunning, manipulative predator who targeted a lonely and vulnerable woman when he had her send him naked photos of her young daughter.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, also conspired with the mother via text messages to rape the girl.

The plan, which did not proceed, was discovered after his neighbour sparked a police investigation when she found sexually explicit texts from the man on her teenage son's phone.

He was handed eight years and ten months jail and can apply for parole two years before finishing the term.

The West Australian

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