July 12, 2004 08:00 AM

Bobby Brown surrendered to authorities in Georgia on Sunday night and was released after posting a $2,000 bond on misdemeanor battery charges that he assaulted his wife, Whitney Houston, the Associated Press reports.

“He arrived at the jail, was photographed and fingerprinted and posted his bond,” said Lt. Clarence Huber of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. Brown, 35, turned himself four hours before the court-imposed deadline, Huber added.

In May, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the R&B singer to stand trial for allegedly hitting Houston in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta.

Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. As a general rule, a first offense in domestic-violence cases finds the charge dismissed if the defendant undergoes counseling.

In February, Brown spent a month in jail for multiple probation violations before being released a month early for a March child-support hearing in Massachusetts.

There, he spent another night in jail before paying a former lover about $63,500 in back child-support payments. He was also ordered to purchase a life insurance policy and start an education trust fund for his children, aged 12 and 14. (Brown and Houston have a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, born in 1993.)

In court, Brown told the judge that he has been denied life insurance, but he intended to start the fund soon.

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