R. Leslie Nichols, CPP, M.S. Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Company: R.L. Nichols & Associates, LLC
  • Phone: (404) 247-0797
  • Website: www.LesNichols.com
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

School Safety and Premises Liability

Specialty Focus:

sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual molestation, molestation, sexual grooming, bullying, school, church, camp, mentor, afterschool, youth serving organization, sports

Education:

Master of Science in Security Administration, Southwest College, KS; Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Years in Practice:

28

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs:

12

Additional Information

Mr. Nichols specializes in cases involving injury to children in schools, churches, camps, mentoring programs, sports organizations, and afterschool programs. From 1994 to 2016 he served as Vice President of safety and facilities for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In that role he shaped the policies and practices that helped protect over 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, Mr. Nichols entered private practice in two specialized areas: as a school safety/security consultant and as an expert witness on child sexual abuse cases involving organizations. Mr. Nichols has authored, co-authored, or contributed to over 40 articles and publications concerning protecting people from harm. Recent publications include: • "4 Ways to Address Child Sexual Abuse in Schools," Campus Safety Magazine, 2021 (author) • Recommended Guidelines & Best Practices: Background Screening in Youth-Serving Organizations, 3rd Ed., 2021 (Contributor & reviewer) • Extreme Violence: Understanding & Protecting People from Active Assailants, Hate Crimes & Terrorist Attacks, 2021 (Co-author) • Maryland Guidelines & Best Practices for the Design, Assessment & Modification of Physical Facilities & Spaces to Reduce Opportunities for Child Sexual Abuse, 2020 (Contributor & reviewer) He is the past president of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, is a Certified Protection Professional through ASIS International and holds a Master's Degree in Security Administration. He has served as an expert witness or fact witness in over 30 cases involving injury to children under the care of an organization. Some examples include: • A contract school bus driver molests a student on the bus • A music instructor grooms and molests his teen female student • An organization’s screening process misses red flags • A college ministry fails to provide oversight to prevent an accidental death • A disabled child is molested by another disabled child on a bus • A sports organization fails to audit its child protection program • A church volunteer systematically grooms and molests young boys • Two teens rape a special needs female student between classes • A child is injured on a roof during an afterschool program • An organization fails to provide affiliates with up-to-date sex abuse prevention resources