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"This case should act as a really stark warning that the internet is not a hiding place to plan and participate in criminal acts." Jurors heard the men were arrested after Beavan walked into Bournemouth police station and told officers what was going on in January 2006.
Beavan, 42, a greeting card salesman, of Shackleton Square, Bransgore, Hants, claimed he was just a "vigilante" gathering evidence against paedophiles, but was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to rape.
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Jurors heard how the men, who had never met, came across each other in an incest chatroom where Hedgcock told Beavan he wanted to abuse two sisters, aged 13 and 14.
Beavan said he was interested in the plan, which involved pouncing on them as they walked through woods to school. Passing sentence on Monday Judge Geoffry Rivlin QC said the chatroom logs of their discussions about the plan were "most lurid and disgusting".
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