A teenage girl is claiming that her father's ex-girlfriend, a reporter, took photos of her diary (which she kept in her bedroom) and posted them on a "Gossip Girl"-style fake Facebook page.
The reporter is Teri Buhl, an investigative reporter based out of New Canaan, Connecticut, who usually writes about hedge funds.
She says she was launching an investigation into teenage drinking in Connecticut, a pretty overplayed story, but Buhl apparently wanted to expose what really goes on.
In the midst of it, she's been sued for cyber-harassing the girl.
Buhl hoped her story would print the names of the parents, ideally Wall Street parents, who allowed drinking in their homes. And she wanted to expose the darker side of drinking in high school too, by printing the names of high schoolers who have thrown up and had high-risk sex because they were wasted on their parents' booze.
(For more background on her investigation and the charges against her, click here.)
If her endeavour sounds creepy to you, just wait.
Sometime during Buhl's investigation, she got a hold of 10 pages of her ex-boyfriend's teenage daughter's embarrassing diary entry.
According to the New Canaan Patch:
The journal entries contain the names of the girl's friends, as well as references to excessive drinking, oral sex, "puking" and "hooking up".
A tipster tells us that the girl also wrote about someone who was bragging about giving the best (you know).
Buhl says she didn't take the diary pages, one of the girl's friends gave it to her. But sometime after Buhl had the pages in hand, they appeared online, on Facebook, when someone named "Tasha Moore" posted it on her page.
New Canaan police Youth Bureau Commander Sgt Carol Ogrinc said in an affidavit that the girl and her father, Paul Brody, came to police June 24 to report that someone using the name 'Tasha Moore' had posted personal notes from the girl's journal on Facebook.
The girl said she kept the journal in her dresser drawer in her bedroom, and that she wrote the notes shown on Facebook last April. The girl said she had replied to the e-mail address provided by Moore on her Facebook page, and had told Moore to stop posting personal information about her or she would contact police.
So Buhl stands accused of stealing (or photocopying or taking a picture) of the girl's diary and posting it online.
Here's their proof. The police say they can tell "Tasha Moore" was actually Buhl because they checked the Facebook account information. And their suspicion that Buhl stole the girl's diary pages comes from the teenage daughter.
The girl believes Buhl went into her bedroom and either took photos of the journal entries or made photocopies of them, and posted them on Facebook, according to Ogrinc.
So it's somewhat shoddy evidence, but piecing it all together makes for one hell of a creepy storyline, true or not.
Reporter steals ex-boyfriend's daughter's sex diary. Reporter posts excerpts on "Gossip Girl"-like Facebook page.
And then the story takes a stalkerish turn, which makes us more suspicious that the police are right, and Buhl did post these comments on Facebook.
Among the comments police say Buhl made is one that says, "It looks like she knows she made a mistake" and another asking viewers to the Facebook page to "Help us out if you know (her) friends' last names."
As a reporter investigating teenage drinking in Connecticut, Buhl needed more names. Particularly last names - so that she could match them up with their Wall Street parents.
* Full disclosure: Teri Buhl has written for Business Insider.