A former Cheyenne elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation for intent to view child pornography.

Matt Bell, a former 6th grade teacher at Henderson Elementary School, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Bell was arrested on Dec. 30, 2016, after a monthslong investigation into a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the discovery of 87 images of suspected child porn on his laptop.

He pleaded guilty to intent to view child pornography in May.

Bell was facing up to 20 years in prison, but he made the case that his actions were the result of depression and alcohol abuse, not pedophilia.

As a result of his sentencing, Bell must now register as a sex offender.