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Chris Brown Arrives In Virginia To Begin Serving Sentence

Sep. 1 2009, Published 10:22 a.m. ET

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Chris Brown is in Virginia Tuesday to begin serving his sentence for beating his former girlfriend Rihanna. The Forever singer was snapped Monday evening at LAX Airport –leaving Los Angeles for his native Virginia.

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Brown --who pleaded guilty to felony assault in connection with the incident --was sentenced last week to 180 days of community labor service and ordered to undergo weekly counseling for one year as part of his plea agreement. In addition, Brown will be under probation supervision for the next five years and must also abide by a protective order that restricts his contact with Rihanna until August 2014.

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At the time of his sentencing, he was given 72-hours to report to Virginia to start serving his pennace.

According to The Associated Press, a spokesman for authorities in Richmond, VA. are determining the logistics for Brown. One of the concerns is if additional security will be required due to the singer's fame. Police are still deciding when Brown should begin his service work and what type of labor he will participate in. Each municipality has different types of work they accept as community labor work.


"Different offices have different relationships with community organizations," Ann Barker, chief officer for the Probation & Parole District 33 office in Virginia, told MTV News earlier this month.

Brown is set to enroll in weekly counseling at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Virginia. He is required to attend sessions every week for one year. The AP reported that a letter was submitted by the charity to the judge backing Brown, who will be allowed to miss only three sessions during his enrollment. The executive director of the program spoke with the AP and would not confirm when Brown would start his counseling. However, Joanne D. Nattrass said the singer would most likely conduct his therapy in a group setting primarily.

The Web site for Commonwealth Catholic Charities said its Batterers Intervention Program seeks to push attendees to turn inward and take personal responsibility.

"BIP frequently tests and challenges each group member's behavior," the information states. "Progress is made only if the abuser is self-accountable for all behaviors and develops the flexibility to make behavioral changes."

While Brown will be allowed to serve his sentence in Virginia, he  must report to his probation officer in California every three months.



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