Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, Mississippi, has acknowledged he's gay after an audit revealed a purchase at a store for gay men, The Commercial Appeal reported.

Davis is under investigation for billing personal expenses to the city.

He charged the city with liquor, expensive dinners and $67 worth of personal items purchased at gay adult store Priape while on a recruitment trip to Canada. Officials have demanded Davis repay the city roughly $170,000 from improper charges.

The revelation prompted Davis to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation.

“At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case,” Davis told the paper. “While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual – and still continue to be a very conservative individual – I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.”

In 2008, Davis, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully for Congress on a conservative platform.

Davis and his wife Suzann of 19 years divorced in 2010. They have 3 daughters.